yenta

Alternative Spellings

yente

Definitions

  • "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).

Notes

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

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