• n. A maiden; girl.

Example Sentences

  • "One of his famous songs, sung in the play, ‘Khokhmes Noshim’ (The Wisdom of Women), is ‘A Year After the Wedding,’ in which a wife bewails her lot; how, in the course of a year, she has become a wife and a damale, a servant and a mamale. She swears that it’s better to remain a moyd—an old maid." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • מױד moyd

    • 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



  • See also the diminutive, meidel, and the iminutive, meideleh, of 'moyd'.

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