• n. A plague, pestilence.

Example Sentences

  • "Greetings for Pesach: thanks to Motl Murstein of Brookline, MA, who recorded his bagrisung for Pesach, with a wish for the end of this mageyfe [COVID-19]; and, from our archive: the late Max Gelerman of our sponsor The Butcherie in Brookline. Wishing you a kosher Pesach - Good Yontev!" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y מגפֿה mageyfe

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      mageyfeh, magayfeh, magayfe, magaife, magaifeh, mageifeh, mageife, mageifa, mageifah

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