chap

Alternative Spellings

khap

Definitions

  • "to comprehend" (Weiser) (lit. "to grasp")

Example Sentences

  • "He didn't chap what the teacher was saying."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

כאַפּן khapn 'to grab, sieze' (stem is כאַפּ khap)

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

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