- "A scandal spreader, a rumormongerer." (Rosten). Usually applied to women.
- "Those three yentas keep trying to set me up with their grandsons." -Urban Dictionary
Languages of Origin
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
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
This may derive from the Yenta character created by Sholom Aleichem.
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