vilda chaya, vilde khaye, vilde chaya
- a rambunctious or wild person [lit. 'wild animal']
- "I know, Manny's a vilde chaye."(40-something American Jewish woman living in New York, referring to 4-year-old nephew tearing around the room); "We have to have things to do for the vilde chaya kids!" (an educator, in a discussion about activities during the Purim carnival)
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
װילדע חיה vilde khaye 'wild beast'
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
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