vilde chaye


vilde chaye (VIHL-deh CHA-yeh)


  • n. A rambunctious or wild person [lit. 'wild animal'].

Example Sentences

  • "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


      • North America


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

      Alternative Spellings

      vilda chaya, vilde khaye, vilde chaya

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