• adv. "By all means, certainly." (Weiser)

  • adv. "To the counter or opposite effect: to the contrary." (Weiser)

  • interj. "I certainly don't object."

Example Sentences

  • "You want to rewrite the entry? Aderabe."

  • "If you want to learn, aderaba, you can sit at my desk." (Weiser)

  • "No, it's not a good idea to take your brother-in-law as a partner. Aderaba you'll be out of business before you know it." (Weiser)

  • "Therefore even if your Rabbi tells you that the knee is not part of the shuk, if the knee does get uncovered, the part of the thigh in the majority of cases gets uncovered as well. Aderabe, if you don't believe me, try on your straight skirts..." (source)

  • "You might think that the loudest class was the teacher's least favorite, but aderabe--she loves their enthusiasm."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Aramaic
  • Yiddish


  • From Aram. אַדְּרַבָּא aderaba 'upon/until the greater', through Heb. אַדְּרַבָּה/אַדְּרַבָּא aderaba/aderabah 'on the contrary', through Yid. אַדרבא/אַדרבה ad(e)rabe 'not at all, on the contrary; certainly, by all means'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      adaraba, ada raba, aderabe


  • The Yiddish word ád(e)rabe has stress on the first syllable. There also exists the Yiddish doublet אַדרבא־ואַדרבא ád(e)rabe-veád(e)rabe 'by all means, with the greatest of pleasure'.

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