• n. A contraption, gadget.

Example Sentences

  • "Mrs. Langert marveled at what she called the makherayke, the contraption, and it worked: I pulled one way, Fran the other, and sure enough, the wipers moved back and forth and visibility was restored." (Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of the Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books by Aaron Lansky)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • מאַכערײַקע makherayke

    • 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

      makheraykeh, macherayke, macheraykeh, macheraikeh, macheraike, makheraike, makheraikeh, machereyke, machereykeh, makhereykeh, makhereyke

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