boychick

Pronunciations

boychik (BOY-chik)

Definitions

  • n. "A young boy...equivalent of the American expression 'buddy'" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Sammy, our boychick, such a good litle boy!"

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish
  • English

Etymology

  • English boy, Yiddish diminutive ending טשיק- -tshik

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      boytshik, boychek

Notes

  • Also commonly used in its diminutive form: boychekal, boychickel, boychickl, boychikl

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