• n. An irreverent or derogatory name for Jesus Christ.

  • n. A nickname for Yosef or Yehoshua (archaic Yiddish form).

Example Sentences

  • "Christmas is Yoshke's birthday."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • יאָשקע - a Yiddish diminutive form of Jesus' Hebrew name

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • None

      Alternative Spellings



  • Also: Yoshke Panderik (יאָשקע פּאַנדריק) or Yoshke Pandre (יאָשקע פּאַנדרע‬). A book called "Toldot Yeshua" claimed that his father was actually a Roman soldier named "Pandeira," whose identity was hidden by Mary.

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    In the 1970s in North London, a local secondary school, known officially as Christ's College, was known to local Jews as "Yoshke's Yeshiva" (because of the large proportion of Jewish students).

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