shayna punim

Definitions

  • pretty face

Example Sentences

  • Rivki is such a sheyna punim."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • שײנע פּנים sheyne ponem (Standard Yiddish שײן פּנים sheyn ponem, because the grammatical gender of ponem is neuter)
    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      sheyner ponim, sheyna punim, shayna punim, sheyne ponim

Notes

  • Can also be used ironically to mean "a disgrace"

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