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Alternative Spellings

negiyah, negia, negiya


  • "touching"; usually used in the phrase "shomer negiah", which is the custom of avoiding touch with members of the opposite sex outside of one's family

Example Sentences

  • "Is he shomer negiah?"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew



Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America



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