shluffy (SHLUH-fee) listen


  • v. [To go] to sleep (often but not exclusively child-directed speech).

  • n. Sleep.

Example Sentences

  • "Dovid, it's time to go shluffy."

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  • "Did you have a good shluffy?"

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Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish
  • English


  • Yiddish שלאָפֿן shlofn 'to sleep' (שלאָפֿן גײן shlofn geyn 'to go to sleep') (verbal stem is שלאָף shlof), with English -y suffix

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      shloffy, shlufy, shlofy


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