- a High German language with an admixture of vocabulary from Hebrew and the Slavic languages, written in Hebrew letters, and spoken mainly by Jews in eastern and central Europe and by Jewish emigrants from these regions and their descendants.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Yiddish.
Origin of Yiddish
Examples from the Web for yiddish
In the midst of the clubbiness, there is a heimishe (Yiddish for familiar, old school) quality.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
December 26, 2014
In Paris, a new generation of entrepreneurs are launching initiatives to perpetuate the Yiddish way of life.
Take, for instance, Yiddish Mamma, a young Parisian brand that peddles its wares with love and humour.
They go to schools where they are taught only in Yiddish and only about Jewish subjects.Why Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Babies Keep Getting Herpes
July 29, 2014
Well, the joke was, I discovered finally, that A sounds like ei in Yiddish.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
I could read while daylight lasted, if I chose, in the Yiddish.
Ink was cheap, and the epistle, in Yiddish, occupied me for many hot summer hours.
The Yiddish newspapers of the day were excellent, and my father subscribed to the best of them.
They tell me the old spout shop is now turned into a Yiddish theatre.A Pirate of Parts
Nor did she ever know that she had said these words in Yiddish!Ghetto Comedies
- a language spoken as a vernacular by Jews in Europe and elsewhere by Jewish emigrants, usually written in the Hebrew alphabet. Historically, it is a dialect of High German with an admixture of words of Hebrew, Romance, and Slavonic origin, developed in central and E Europe during the Middle Ages
- in or relating to this language
Word Origin and History for yiddish
1875, from Yiddish yidish, from Middle High German jüdisch "Jewish" (in phrase jüdisch deutsch "Jewish-German"), from jude "Jew," from Old High German judo, from Latin Judaeus (see Jew). The English word has been re-borrowed in German as jiddisch.