yeshivish

Definitions

  • Litvish; Lithuanian; associated with the rationalistic Lithuanian tradition; associated with non-Hasidic Black Hat communities
  • the mix of English, Yiddish, and Hebrew in which people in these communities speak

Example Sentences

  • "He comes from a yeshivish family."

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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