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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Definitions for haimish

  1. Slang. homey; cozy and unpretentious.

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Citations for haimish
An English captain of police, trying to get a haimish farfel soup and boiled beef at the inn, told me he believed both concoctions kept replenishing themselves day in day out without human assistance. , The Menorah Journal, Volume 14, 1928
... you would like the candle-lit dining room (below), formerly a watchmaker's shop, where there are perhaps a dozen tables, a fish tank, and murky paintings--all of which contribute to an ambiance best described as Transylvanian haimish. Chas B. Slackman, "Something to Sink Your Teeth Into," New York, March 5, 1973
Origin of haimish
Haimish comes from the Yiddish term heymish, which, in turn, can be traced to the Old High German word heimisc meaning "pertaining to the home." It has been used in English since at least the 1920s.