yeshivish

Definitions

  • adj. Litvish; associated with the rationalistic Jewish Lithuanian tradition; associated with non-Hasidic Black Hat communities.

  • n. The mix of English, Yiddish, and Hebrew in which people in these communities speak.

Example Sentences

  • "He comes from a yeshivish family."

  • "Yeshivish includes many borrowings; its vocabulary consists of Yiddish, rabbinic Hebrew, Talmudic Aramaic and sometimes Modern Hebrew." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • ישיבֿה yeshive + יש- -ish adjective ending ("yeshivish" is itself not a Yiddish word)

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

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