yenta

Pronunciations

yenta (YEN-tuh)

Definitions

  • n. "A scandal spreader, a rumormongerer." (Rosten). Usually applied to women.

Example Sentences

  • "Those three yentas keep trying to set me up with their grandsons." -Urban Dictionary

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • יענטע yente 'vulgar/sentimental woman' (formerly a common woman's name in Yiddish, of Romance origin)

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      yente

Notes

  • This may derive from the Yenta character created by Sholom Aleichem.

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