adj. "Quiet; respectable; well mannered" (Rosten). "middle class"; normal.
"...it wasn't super fancy, just a nice, balabatish wedding."
Languages of Origin
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- 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).
Who Uses This
This word is used by members of diverse ultra-Orthodox communities which include Litvaks, Chasidim, and others to describe the average member of the community, who is not particularly ideological but rather "normal".
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