• n. A fast; fast day.

Example Sentences

  • "Focusing on taneysim (fast days), the document consists of forty-plus questions beginning with one about whether people still shlog kaparos (the practice of swinging a chicken or rooster above one's head in order to remit one's sins) on the eve of Yom Kippur." (The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement by Nathaniel Deutsch and S An-Ski) 

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y תּענית tones

    • 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).


  • plural: 'taneysim'

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