beheima, beheyma, beheyme
- a boor, an uncouth, unmannered individual
- an animal, especially a large one
- "I'm shvitzing like a beheyme!"
- "Stop being such a behema!"
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb בהמה behemá, Yiddish בהמה behéyme 'large domesticated animal; fool, boor'
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
In some Yiddish dialects, beheyme is the neutral word for a cow (compared with קו ku in other dialects).
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