Alternative Spellings

aderabe, ada raba, adaraba


  • certainly, by all means; I certainly don't object
  • on the contrary

Example Sentences

  • "You want to rewrite the entry? Aderabe."
  • "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..." (
  • "You might think that the loudest class was the teacher's least favorite, but aderabe--she loves their enthusiasm."

Languages of Origin

Aramaic, Yiddish


From Aramaic אדרבא aderaba 'on the contrary', through Yiddish אַדרבא ad(e)rabe 'not at all, on the contrary; 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).


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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