yiddishe kop

Alternative Spellings

yidishe kop, yiddishe kopf, yidisha kopf


  • having the mental agility for traditional Jewish scholarship, or simple common sense

Example Sentences

  • "I like studying with her. She has a yiddishe kop, that one."

Languages of Origin



ייִדישער קאָפּ yidisher kop 'lit. Jewish head'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America




Also used by Jewish people when asking a question of a person who they think might be Jewish (i.e., when "bageling"). As in: "yiddishe kop?" to which the other person would smile a friendly smile and say, "yes, I'm a yiddishe kop". If the person is not Jewish he/she will merely stare at the speaker and walk away shaking his/her head muttering, "I wonder what he just said!!"

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