• adj. Sick.

  • n. An illness, sickness.

  • n. Nothing.

Example Sentences

  • “He should only come down with a krenk!” (NJY)

  • “He asked me for ten dollars; a krenk [nothing] I’ll give him!” (NJY)

  • "Did you hear? He's kronk."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קרענק krenk

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      krank, kronk


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