aderaba (UH-deh-rah-buh) listen
aderabe (AH-deh-rah-beh) listen


  • adv. By all means; certainly.

  • adv. To the contrary; not at all.

Example Sentences

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

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

    Listen to recordings of this sentence: ( Recording 1)
  • "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)

    Listen to recordings of this sentence: ( Recording 1)
  • "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

  • Aramaic
  • Textual Hebrew
  • 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
      • Great Britain


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      adaraba, ada raba, aderabe, aderabah, adarabah

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