balagan (bah-lah-GAHN) listen


  • n. A disorderly, confusing situation; a mess.

Example Sentences

  • "The mall on Black Friday was a balagan!"

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  • "The run-up to the April 9 election of a new Knesset has been a balagan." (source)

  • "Don't even look into his room. It's a total balagan." (Glinert)

  • "First you say Friday, then Wednesday! You've made a real balagan..." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish
  • Modern Hebrew


  • Y באַלאַגאַן balagan > MH בָּלָגָן⁩ balagán

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      balegan, ballagan, balagon

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