n. Traditional language of Ashkenazic Jewry.
adj. Jewish in flavor or orientation
"My college roommate spoke Yiddish."
"It has that yiddishe taam"
Languages of Origin
ייִדיש yidish 'lit. Jewish, Yiddish'
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- 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).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
Yidish, Yidush, Yiddush, yiddish, yidish
Yiddish is a descendant of High German, and its vocabulary is roughly 80% Germanic, 10% Hebrew and 10% Slavic (depending on author/speaker and setting/genre)
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