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  • boychick

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

  • boydem

    n. Attic.

  • bris

    n. Circumcision ceremony; the celebration surrounding it. Lit. covenant.

  • broiges

    adj. Angry, annoyed.

  • bubbale

    n. Sweetie, darling [term of endearment].

  • bubbe

    n. Grandmother.

  • bubbe meise

    n. "Something of little importance, an inconsequential thing or minor happening." (JPS)

  • bulbenik

    n. One who is inept, clumsy, all thumbs, who fouls things up (Rosten).

  • bulvan

    n. Loud mouth know-it-all; "a boorish, brutish person" (Steinmetz).

  • cement mixer

    n. Non-Jewish woman.

  • chacham

    n. Wise, learned person; genius.

  • chaleria

    n. Plague or cholera (literal or metaphorical).

  • chashuv

    adj. Important; of high status.

  • chassidus

    n. "Chasidism" (Glinert).

  • cheder

    n. Hebrew and religious classes (often on Sundays) for elementary school children.

  • Chelm

    n. From Yiddish literature/folklore, "The 'legendary' town inhabited by befuddled, stupid, foolish, but endearing people." (JPS). Also a real town in Poland (Chelmno).

  • chevreman

    n. "One of the guys" (Glinert).

  • chochmah

    n. "Brains; wisdom; a brilliant idea" (Glinert).

  • chrain

    n. A spicy paste made from grated horseradish.

  • chutzpahdik

    adj. Impertinent.