nifter

Definitions

  • v. Deceased.

Example Sentences

  • "My grandmother was nifter last month."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb נפטר niftár '(masculine singular) passed away' (infinitive להיפטר lehipatér), Yiddish ניפֿטר װערן nífter vern 'to pass away' (periphrastic verb with invariant Hebrew element)

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      niftar

Notes

  • Used as a periphrastic verb (with the verb "to be")

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