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Everyday Yiddish-English-Yiddish Dictionary
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By Natalya Belinsky,
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B'suleh

  • Virgin


Virgin



Babka

  • Babkes
  • Coffee cake
  • style pastry
  • Coffee
  • cake
  • style
  • pastry


Coffee cake, style pastry; see: Babkes



Babkes

  • Bobkes
  • Bopkis
  • Beans
  • nothing
  • Babka
  • Small things
  • triflings
  • peanuts
  • worthless
  • Small thing
  • trifling
  • peanut
  • Small
  • thing
  • things
  • babke
  • bobke


Beans, small things, triflings, peanuts, nothing, worthless



Badchan

  • Badkhan
  • Badhkin
  • Badkhin
  • Jester
  • comedian-entertainer
  • comedian
  • entertainer
  • merry maker
  • master of ceremonies at a wedding
  • merry
  • maker
  • master of ceremonies
  • master
  • ceremony
  • wedding


Jester, comedian-entertainer, merry maker or master of ceremonies at a wedding; at the end of the meal he announces the presents, lifting them up and praising the giver and the gift in a humorous manner


bafaln

  • bafalen
  • attack


to attack


Bagazh

  • der Bagazh
  • Bagazhn
  • Bagazhen
  • baggage
  • luggage


baggage, luggage




Bagroben

  • bury


To bury



Baim

  • Bayim
  • Baym
  • bench


bench



Baitsim

  • Beitsim
  • Baitzim
  • Beitzim
  • Testicles
  • Testicle


Testicles



Bak

  • bakn
  • baken
  • bek
  • cheek


cheek (part of the body)



bakant

  • known
  • familiar


known, familiar




bakanter

  • der Bakanter
  • acquaintance


acquaintance




bakn

  • gebakt
  • bake


to bake


Bal Toyreh

  • Bal Toireh
  • Bal
  • Toyreh
  • Toireh
  • Learned man
  • scholar
  • Learned
  • man


Learned man, scholar



Bal-Molokhe

  • der Bal-Molokhe






Bal-Toyve

  • der Bal-Toyve
  • Baal-Toyve
  • Bal-Toive
  • Baal-Toive
  • Bal
  • Toyve
  • Baal
  • Toive
  • benefactor


benefactor




Balagan

  • chaos


chaos




Balbatish

  • Quiet
  • respectable
  • well mannered
  • well
  • mannered
  • manner


Quiet, respectable, well mannered



Balebat

  • Balebatim
  • Balebos
  • Persons of high standing
  • boss
  • landlord
  • Person of high standing
  • Person
  • high standing
  • high
  • standing


Person(s) of high standing; boss, landlord




Balebatisheh yiden

  • Respectable Jews
  • people of substance and good standing in the community
  • respectable Jew
  • respectable
  • Jews
  • Jew
  • Balebatish yid
  • Balbatish yid
  • Balebatisheh
  • Balbatisheh
  • Balebatish
  • Balbatish
  • yiden
  • yid


Respectable Jews, people of substance and good standing in the community



Baleboosteh

  • ba'alabusta
  • baalabusta
  • balabusta
  • balabustah
  • Balhabosteh
  • Baleboost
  • Balebuste
  • Balebusteh
  • Balebust
  • hostess
  • friendly woman
  • hostess
  • friendly
  • woman
  • Mistress of the house
  • excellent homemaker
  • Mistress
  • house
  • excellent
  • homemaker


Mistress of the house; hostess; friendly woman; excellent homemaker. A compliment to someone who is a terrific housekeeper. "She is some baleboosteh!"



Balegoola

  • Truckdriver
  • sloppy person
  • sloppy
  • person
  • low standing
  • low
  • standing
  • stand


Truckdriver or sloppy person of low standing


balfaln

  • Balfalen
  • assault


assault



balibte

  • gelipte
  • beloved
  • belove


beloved


Balmalocha

  • Balmalokha
  • expert


An expert (sometimes used sarcastically: Oy, is he an expert!)



Balnes

  • Miracle-worker
  • Miracle
  • worker


Miracle-worker



Banane

  • di Banane
  • banana


banana




Bandazh

  • di Bandazh
  • bandage


bandage




Bandit

  • Rascal
  • rogue


Rascal, rogue, bandit





Bandzho

  • der Bandzho
  • banjo


banjo




Bank

  • Benk


bank



Banket

  • der Banket
  • Banquet


banquet




Bareden yenem

  • Bareden
  • yenem
  • gossip


To gossip



Baren

  • Fornicate
  • bother
  • annoy


(taboo) Fornicate: bother, annoy



Barimer

  • Braggart
  • show-off
  • show


Braggart, show-off



Baroygis

  • Angry
  • petulant


Angry, petulant



Bas-yekhide

  • female only child
  • Bas-yechide
  • Bas
  • yekhide
  • yechide
  • female
  • only
  • child


A female only child


Bashert

  • Fated
  • predestined
  • Fate
  • predestine


Fated; predestined



Bashert zein

  • Bashert zain
  • be destined
  • destined
  • destine
  • Bashert
  • zein
  • zain


To be destined



bashtetikn

  • bashtetiken
  • acknowledge


acknowledge




bashuldikn

  • bashuldiken
  • baschuldikn
  • baschuldiken
  • accuse


accuse

Bashuldikung

  • die Bashuldikung
  • di Bashuldikung
  • accusation
  • Baschuldikung
  • di Baschuldikung
  • die Baschuldikung


accusation



Batampte

  • Tasty
  • delicious
  • Batampt
  • Batampteh


Tasty, delicious



Baterye

  • di Baterye
  • Baterie
  • battery


battery




Batlan

  • Someone without a trade or a regular means of livelihood
  • Someone
  • without a trade or a regular means of livelihood
  • without
  • trade
  • regular
  • means of livelihood
  • means
  • mean
  • livelihood


Someone without a trade or a regular means of livelihood


batrefn

  • batrefen
  • amount to
  • amount


amount to (monetary)



batsirn

  • batzirn
  • batsiren
  • batziren
  • adorn


adorn


Baysn zikh di finger vos

  • Regret strongly that...
  • Regret strongly that
  • Regret strongly that
  • Regret strongly
  • Regret
  • strongly
  • Baysn zikh di finger vos...
  • Baysn zikh di finger
  • Baisn zikh di finger vos
  • Baisn zikh di finger
  • Beisn zikh di finger vos
  • Beisn zikh di finger
  • Beysn zikh di finger vos
  • Beysn zikh di finger
  • Bayzen zikh di finger vos
  • Bayzen zikh di finger vos...
  • Bayzen zikh di finger
  • Baizen zikh di finger vos
  • Baizen zikh di finger
  • Beizen zikh di finger vos
  • Beizen zikh di finger
  • Beyzen zikh di finger vos
  • Beyzen zikh di finger
  • Baysn
  • zikh
  • di
  • finger
  • vos
  • Baisn
  • Beysn
  • Beisn
  • Bayzen
  • Beyzen
  • Baizen
  • Beizen
  • zich
  • Baysn Sich di finger vos
  • Sich
  • Baysn Sich di finger vos...
  • Baysn Sich di finger
  • Baisn Sich di finger vos
  • Baisn Sich di finger
  • Beisn Sich di finger vos
  • Beisn Sich di finger
  • Beysn Sich di finger vos
  • Beysn Sich di finger
  • Bayzen Sich di finger vos
  • Bayzen Sich di finger vos...
  • Bayzen Sich di finger
  • Baizen Sich di finger vos
  • Baizen Sich di finger
  • Beizen Sich di finger vos
  • Beizen Sich di finger
  • Beyzen Sich di finger vos
  • Beyzen Sich di finger


Regret strongly that...



bay

  • bey
  • bai
  • bei
  • at
  • beside
  • near
  • by
  • with
  • at the house of
  • at the house
  • house
  • on the person of
  • on the person
  • person
  • in the mind of
  • in the mind
  • mind
  • about
  • around
  • on


at, beside, near, by, with; at the house of; on (the person of); in the mind of; about, around; on




baym

  • bay
  • baim
  • beym
  • beim
  • bay dem
  • bai dem
  • bey dem
  • bei dem
  • dem
  • bam
  • on
  • with
  • while


on (the...); with (the...); while ("baym" and "bam" = bay dem)




bazunder

  • separate
  • distinct
  • special
  • apart
  • batzunder
  • batsunder


separate, distinct, special; apart


Bebl

  • dos Bebl
  • bean


bean




Becher

  • Bekher
  • Wine goblet
  • Wine
  • goblet


Wine goblet



Behaimeh

  • Behaime
  • Behaymeh
  • Behayme
  • Animal
  • cow
  • dull-witted
  • ignorant drudge
  • ignorant
  • drudge
  • dull-wit
  • wit
  • dull
  • witted
  • Beheyme
  • Beheymeh
  • Beheime
  • Beheimeh


Animal, cow; ignorant drudge; when referring to a human being, means dull-witted



Behole

  • di Behole
  • Bedlam


Bedlam




Bei mir hust du gepoylt

  • Bey mir hust du gepoilt
  • You've gotten your way with me
  • You've gotten your way with me
  • Bei
  • Bey
  • mir
  • hust
  • du
  • gepoylt
  • gepoilt


You've gotten your way with me



Beker

  • Bekers
  • der Beker
  • baker


baker




Bekeray

  • bakery


bakery




Ben-yokhid

  • Ben-yochid
  • male only child
  • Ben
  • yokhid
  • yochid
  • male
  • only
  • child


A male only child



Benken

  • yearn for
  • long for
  • yearn
  • long


yearn for; long for



Benkshaft

  • Homesickness
  • nostalgia


Homesickness, nostalgia



Bentsh

  • bentch
  • bench
  • bless
  • recite a blessing
  • recite
  • blessing
  • say Grace After Meals
  • Grace After Meals
  • grace
  • meals
  • meal
  • Bentshen
  • Bentchen


bless, recite a blessing; say Grace After Meals




Bentshen lecht

  • bentch licht
  • bentch likht
  • bentsh licht
  • bentsh likht
  • licht
  • likht
  • pray
  • Recite prayer
  • Recite
  • prayer
  • candle
  • lit candle
  • lit
  • Sabbath
  • Sabath
  • holyday
  • holy day
  • holy
  • day
  • Bentshen
  • lecht
  • Bentsh
  • Benchen
  • Bench
  • light and bless the Shabbat candles
  • light the Shabbat candles
  • bless the Shabbat candles
  • light
  • bless
  • Shabbat candles
  • Shabbat candle
  • Shabbat
  • Shabat


Recite prayer over lit candles on Sabbath eve or Holy Day candles; light and bless the Shabbat candles




Ber

  • di Ber
  • bear


bear (animal)




Beryeh

  • Efficient
  • competent
  • housewife
  • Berieh


Efficient, competent housewife



Bes medresh

  • Bes
  • medresh
  • Synagogue


Synagogue


beshas

  • during
  • while
  • as
  • beschas


during, while, as


Bet

  • di Bet
  • Betn
  • Beten
  • bed


bed



betn

  • beten
  • gebetn
  • gebeten
  • ask
  • request
  • beg
  • ask for


to ask (for), to request; to beg




betn Mekhile

  • beten Mekhile
  • betn Mechile
  • beten Mechile
  • betn
  • beten
  • Mekhile
  • Mechile
  • apologize
  • beg pardon
  • excuse
  • beg
  • pardon


apologize; beg pardon; excuse




betn Zikh

  • beten Zikh
  • betn
  • Zikh
  • betn Zikh bay
  • beten Zikh bay
  • betn Zikh bey
  • beten Zikh bey
  • betn Zikh bai
  • beten Zikh bai
  • betn Zikh bei
  • beten Zikh bei
  • bay
  • bey
  • bai
  • bei
  • beseech


to beseech




betn got

  • beten got
  • betn
  • beten
  • got
  • got gebtn
  • got gebetn
  • got gebeten
  • gebtn
  • gebeten
  • gebetn
  • pray


to pray


Betgevant

  • dos Betgevant
  • bedding


bedding




Betler

  • der Betler
  • Betlers
  • beggar


beggar



beygn

  • beygen
  • beign
  • beigen
  • bend


to bend


Beybi

  • Baby


Baby




Beygl

  • der Beygl
  • Beigl
  • Beygel
  • Beigel
  • Beyghel
  • Beighel
  • bagel


bagel




Beykon

  • der Beykon
  • Beikon
  • bacon


bacon




Beysbol

  • der Beysbol
  • baseball


baseball (the game or the ball)



beyz

  • beiz
  • angry


angry


Bialy

  • roll
  • bun
  • puff
  • doughnut
  • crumpet
  • bagel
  • Biali
  • Byaly
  • Byali
  • flat onion roll
  • flat
  • onion
  • roll


Named for the Polish city of Bialystock, the bialy is of Jewish origin.
1. A Bialy is a fairly large (about 6 inches) chewy round yeast roll. Somewhat similar to a bagel, it has a depression rather than a hole in the centre, and is sprinkled with chopped sauteed onion before baking.
2. A flat onion roll



Bikur cholem

  • Bikur kholem
  • Visiting the sick
  • Bikur
  • kholem
  • cholem
  • Visiting
  • sick
  • Visit


Visiting the sick



Billik

  • Bilik
  • Cheap
  • inexpensive


Cheap, inexpensive


biln

  • bark


to bark


Bilyon

  • Bilion
  • Billion


Billion




Bin

  • di Bin
  • bee


bee



Binshtok

  • di Binshtok
  • Binschtok
  • beehive


beehive




Bir

  • dos Bir
  • beer


beer




Bist meshugeh?

  • Bist meshugeh
  • Are you crazy?
  • be crazy
  • crazy
  • Bist
  • meshugeh


Are you crazy?



Biteh

  • Please


Please



Biz hundert azoi ve tsvantsik

  • Biz hundert azoi ve tzvantzik
  • Biz hundert azoy ve tsvantsik
  • Biz hundert azoy ve tzvantzik
  • Biz
  • hundert
  • azoy
  • azoi
  • ve
  • tsvantsik
  • tzvantzik
  • Live till one hundred
  • like a twenty-year old
  • Live till one hundred
  • like a twenty year old
  • Live till
  • one hundred
  • like
  • twenty-year old
  • Live
  • till
  • hundred
  • twenty-year
  • twenty
  • old


Live till 100, like a 20 year old




Biz hundert un tsvantsik

  • Biz hundert un tzvantzik
  • You should live till 120
  • long life to you
  • Biz
  • hundert
  • un
  • tsvantsik
  • tzvantzik
  • live till
  • live
  • long life to
  • you
  • long life
  • long
  • life


You should live till 120; long life to you



blaybn

  • Blayben
  • Blaibn
  • Blaiben
  • geblibn
  • gebliben
  • abide
  • stay
  • remain


to abide; to stay, to remain


Blits

  • Blitz
  • Lightning
  • flash


Lightning, flash




Blondjen

  • wander
  • be lost
  • lost


wander; be lost


Boarderkeh

  • female boarder
  • female
  • boarder


A female boarder



Bobe

  • grandma
  • old wives' tales
  • tall tale
  • "tall" story
  • tall story
  • tall
  • story
  • granny
  • old wives
  • tales
  • old wife
  • tale
  • old
  • wife


1. grandma; 2. a "tall" story; a tall tale; old wives' tales



Bobe mayse

  • old wives' tale
  • old wife's tale
  • Bobe
  • mayse
  • Bobe maise
  • Bobe mayses
  • Bobe maises
  • mayses
  • mayse
  • maises
  • maise
  • old wives
  • tale
  • old wife
  • old
  • wives
  • wife


old wives' tale




Boch

  • Bokh
  • punch


punch



Bod

  • di Bod
  • bathhouse
  • beder


bathhouse




Bodkhalat

  • der Bodkhalat
  • bathrobe


bathrobe




Bodkostyum

  • der Bodkostyum
  • Bodkostium
  • bathing suit
  • bathing
  • suit


bathing suit


bodn zikh

  • boden zikh
  • bodn
  • boden
  • zikh
  • bod
  • zikh gebodn
  • zikh geboden
  • gebodn
  • geboden
  • bathe


to bathe



Bohmer

  • Bum


Bum (masc.)



Bohmerkeh

  • Bum
  • Bohmer


Bum (fem.)


boikh

  • boich
  • boykh
  • boych
  • abdomen
  • belly
  • baykher
  • baikher
  • beykher
  • beikher


abdomen, belly


Bokher

  • boher
  • bocher
  • young man
  • youngster
  • bachelor
  • young
  • man
  • der Bokher


young man, youngster, bachelor




Boorvisser fiss

  • Burviser fis
  • Barefoot
  • Boorvisser
  • fiss
  • Burviser
  • fis


Barefoot



Bord

  • di Bord
  • berd
  • beard
  • chin


beard, chin




Boreke borsht

  • borscht
  • borsch
  • red-beet soup
  • beet soup
  • red-beet
  • soup
  • beet
  • Boreke
  • borsht


Beet soup which the wealthy could afford.



Borekes

  • Boreke
  • cheese-cake
  • cheese
  • cake
  • Pastries
  • Pastry


Pastries with cheese inside



Borsht

  • Beet soup
  • red-beet soup
  • red-beet
  • soup
  • red beet
  • red
  • beet


Beet soup



Borsht circuit

  • Beet soup
  • red-beet soup
  • circuit
  • red-beet
  • soup
  • red beet
  • red
  • beet


Hotels in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, with an almost entirely Jewish clientele, who are fond of beet soup; term is used by entertainers


borves

  • barefoot


barefoot


Borviss

  • Borvis


Barefoot



Botvenye borsht

  • Botvenie borsht
  • Beet soup
  • red-beet soup
  • red-beet
  • soup
  • red beet
  • red
  • beet
  • Botvenye
  • borsht
  • Botvenie


Beet soup made from beet leaves for the poor



Boychik

  • Boytchik
  • Boitchik
  • Boytchik
  • Boitchik
  • Boichik
  • Boy
  • Young boy
  • Young


(Young) boy (term of endearment)




Boydem

  • der Boydem
  • Boidem
  • Boydems
  • Boidems


attic




Boykhvehtig

  • Boychvehtig
  • Boichvehtig
  • Boikhvehtig
  • Stomachache
  • Stomach ache
  • Stomach
  • ache


Stomachache



Breeye

  • Breeie
  • Creature
  • animal


Creature, animal



Breg

  • der Breg
  • Bregs
  • Bregn
  • Bregen
  • edge
  • brim
  • border
  • bank
  • river bank


edge; brim; border; river bank



bregn yam

  • bregen yam
  • bregn
  • bregen
  • beach
  • coast


beach, coast


Breire

  • Breyre


choice



Bris

  • Circumcision


Circumcision



Bristen

  • Breasts
  • Breast
  • Briste


Breasts



Broitgeber

  • head of the family
  • head
  • family


The head of the family (Lit., Bread giver)



Bronfen

  • Whiskey


Whiskey


broygez

  • broigez
  • angry
  • anger
  • friction


1. angry; 2. anger, friction (between people) (pl. - broygez)


Broygis

  • Broigis
  • Not on speaking terms
  • Not
  • on speaking terms
  • speaking terms
  • speaking term
  • speaking
  • terms
  • term


Not on speaking terms



Bruder

  • Brother


Brother



bshefe

  • bschefe
  • abundant
  • plentiful


abundant, plentiful


Bubbe maisse

  • bubbe meiseh
  • Bubbeh maisse
  • meiseh
  • maiseh
  • mayseh
  • meyseh
  • Bubbe
  • bubbeh
  • bube
  • bubeh
  • maisse
  • meisse
  • maysse
  • meysse
  • Grandmother's tale
  • tall story
  • old wives' tales
  • Grandmother
  • tale
  • tall
  • story
  • old wives
  • tales
  • old wife
  • old
  • wife
  • wives
  • maisseh
  • meisseh
  • maysseh
  • meysseh


1. Grandmother's tale; 2. a "tall" story; old wives' tales




Bubbee

  • Bubee
  • honey


Friendly term for anybody you like



Bubbeh

  • Grandmother
  • bubbe
  • bubeh
  • bube


Grandmother



Bubele

  • Boobele
  • Darling
  • honey
  • sweetie


Darling, honey, sweetie




Bubeleh

  • honey
  • darling
  • dear


Endearing term for anyone you like regardless of age



Bulvan

  • ox
  • robust
  • brawny
  • imbecile
  • brute
  • oaf
  • brawny fellow
  • fellow
  • robust fellow
  • stout blade
  • stout
  • blade
  • boorish
  • coarse
  • rude person
  • rude
  • person
  • ox-like person
  • ox-like


Man built like an ox; stout blade; robust / brawny fellow; boorish, coarse, rude person; imbecile, brute, oaf; ox-like person




Bupkis

  • Beans
  • nothing
  • rot
  • rubbish
  • trifle
  • nonsense
  • babkes
  • bupkes


Nothing; rot, rubbish, trifle; something totally worthless (Lit., Beans)



Burik

  • di Burik
  • beet


beet


burtshen

  • grumble
  • mutter


to mutter, to grumble



Butchke

  • chat
  • tete-a-tete
  • telling tales
  • tell tales
  • speak


chat, tete-a-tete, telling tales

 

 

 

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