tumler

Alternative Spellings

tummler

Definitions

  • "A funmaker, a 'live wire,' a clown, a prankster, the 'life of the party." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "Who is this tumler? Why should we get all excited?"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

טומלער tumler, from טומלען tumlen 'to make a racket; make a fuss'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

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