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Chai

  • Khai
  • life


Hebrew word for LIFE, comprised of the two Hebrew letters, Chet and Yod. There is a sect of Jewish mysticism that assigns a numeric value to each letter in the Hebrew alphabet and is devoted to finding hidden meanings in the numeric values of words. The letter "Chet" has the numeric value of 8, and the letter "Yod", has the value of 10, for a total of 18.



Chaider

  • Khaider
  • Religious School
  • Cheder
  • Kheder
  • Religious
  • School


Religious School



Chaim Yonkel

  • Chaim Yankel
  • khaim Yankel
  • Khaim Yonkel
  • every Tom
  • Dick and Harry
  • every Tom
  • Dick or Harry
  • every
  • Tom
  • Dick or Harry
  • Tom
  • Dick
  • Harry
  • half-wit
  • half
  • wit
  • Chaim
  • Yonkel
  • Yankel
  • Khaim


1. every Tom, Dick and Harry; 2. a half-wit




Chaimyankel kooternooz

  • Khaimyankel kooternooz
  • perennial cuckold
  • perennial
  • cuckold
  • Chaimyankel
  • Khaimyankel
  • kooternooz


perennial cuckold



Chaleria

  • Khaleria
  • Evil woman
  • Evil
  • woman


Evil woman. (Probably derived from "cholera".)



Chaleshen

  • Khaleshen
  • faint


faint



Challa

  • Khalla
  • Ceremonial egg bread
  • Ceremonial
  • egg bread
  • egg
  • bread


Ceremonial "egg" bread. Either round or shaped long. Used on Shabbat and most religious observances with the exception of Pesach (Passover)



Chaloshes

  • Khaloshes
  • Nausea
  • faintness
  • disgusting
  • unconsciousness
  • Chalosches
  • khalosches


Nausea, faintness, unconsciousness; disgusting



Chalushisdick

  • khalushisdick
  • Chalushisdik
  • khalushisdik
  • Nauseating
  • sickening


Nauseating, sickening




chamalyeh

  • khamalyeh
  • punch
  • hard hit
  • hard
  • hit


punch, hard hit

Chamoole

  • Khamoole
  • Donkey
  • jackass
  • numbskull
  • fool


Donkey, jackass, numbskull, fool



Chamoyer du ainer

  • Chamoyer du ainer!
  • You blockhead
  • You dope
  • You ass
  • blockhead
  • dope
  • ass
  • Chamoyer
  • du
  • ainer


You blockhead! You dope! You ass!



Chanukah

  • Khanukah
  • Khanukkah
  • Chanukkah
  • Festival of Lights
  • Festival
  • Lights
  • Light


Also known as the "Festival of Lights", commemorates the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. Chanukah is celebrated for 8 days during which one additional candle is added to the menorah on each night of the holiday.



Chap a gang

  • Khap a gang
  • khap
  • Beat it
  • Catch a way
  • catch a road
  • Catch
  • way
  • road
  • Beat
  • Chap
  • gang


Beat it! (Lit., Catch a way; catch a road)



Chap ein a meesa meshina

  • Khap ein a meesa meshina
  • May
  • suffer
  • ugly fate
  • ugly
  • fate
  • Chap
  • khap
  • ein
  • meesa
  • meshina


May you suffer an ugly fate!



Chap nit

  • Chap
  • nit
  • Take it easy
  • Not so fast
  • Don't grab
  • Take
  • easy
  • Not
  • so
  • fast
  • Don't
  • grab


Take it easy! Not so fast! (Lit., Don't grab!)



Chaptsem

  • khaptsem
  • Catch him
  • Catch


Catch him!



Chas v'cholileh

  • khas v'kholileh
  • G-d forbid
  • God forbid
  • G-d
  • God
  • forbid
  • Chas
  • v'cholileh
  • Khas
  • cholileh
  • v'kholileh
  • kholileh


G-d forbid!



Chassene

  • Chasseneh
  • khassene
  • khasseneh
  • Wedding
  • Chasene
  • khasene


Wedding



Chassene machen

  • khassene makhen
  • Chassene
  • machen
  • khassene
  • makhen
  • perform a wedding
  • plan and execute a wedding
  • perform
  • plan and execute
  • wedding


to plan and execute a wedding; to perform a wedding



Chaver

  • Chavver
  • Khaver
  • Chev 'r' mann
  • khev 'r' mann
  • khavver
  • Friend
  • Chev 'r'
  • mann
  • Chev 'r' man
  • khev 'r' man
  • man
  • buddy


Friend; buddy



Chaye

  • khaye
  • Chaie
  • khaie
  • Animal
  • beast


Animal, beast



Chazen

  • Chazzen
  • khazen
  • khazzen
  • Cantor


Cantor



Chazenteh

  • Chazzenteh
  • khazenteh
  • khazzenteh
  • Wife of a cantor
  • cantor's wife
  • Wife
  • cantor


Wife of a cantor



Chazer

  • khazer
  • Chazzer
  • khazzer
  • pig
  • Selfish person
  • Selfish
  • person


A pig; one who eats like a pig; a selfish person



Chazeray

  • khazeray
  • Chazerai
  • Chazzerei
  • khazerai
  • garbage
  • junk


garbage, junk; junky, unsubstantial stuff





Chazzerei

  • Chazzerey
  • Chazeray
  • Khazzerei
  • Khazzerey
  • chazerai
  • khazerai
  • disgusting stuff
  • trash
  • disgusting
  • stuff
  • Chazerei
  • Chazerey
  • Khazerei
  • Khazerey
  • Swill
  • pig's feed
  • pig
  • feed
  • anything bad
  • bad
  • unpalatable
  • rotten
  • junk food
  • junk
  • food


1. Swill; pig's feed; "junk food".
Example:
For lunch, all teenagers like caramel corn, marshmallows, pizza and pop - that's chazerai!
2. A lot of household or other kinds of junk; disgusting stuff, trash.
Commentary:
Chazzerei is what you win at the state fair.
3. Anything bad, unpalatable, rotten.



Chazzershtal

  • khazzershtal
  • Chazershtal
  • khazershtal
  • Pigpen
  • slovenly
  • sloven


Pigpen; slovenly kept room or house



Chedar

  • khedar
  • Cheder
  • kheder
  • room


room



Chei

  • khei
  • Eighteen
  • life


Eighteen; life; word formed by the combination of Hebrew letters meaning eighteen and life



Chei kuck

  • Chey kuck
  • khei kuck
  • khey kuck
  • Chei
  • kuck
  • Chey
  • khei
  • khey
  • shit
  • human dung
  • dung
  • worthless


(taboo) Nothing, infinitesimal, worthless, unimportant. (Lit., human dung)



Chevra

  • khevra
  • Comradship


Comradship



Chmallyeh

  • khmallyeh
  • Chmalyeh
  • khmalyeh
  • Severe blow
  • Severe
  • blow
  • bang
  • punch
  • Slam
  • Wallop


Severe blow; bang, punch; Slam! Wallop!



Chochem

  • khokhem
  • Genius
  • very clever person
  • very clever
  • person
  • very
  • clever
  • clever person


Genius; very clever person (sometimes sarcastically)




Chochem attick

  • khokhem attick
  • Chochem atik
  • Khokhem atik
  • Chochem
  • attick
  • khokhem
  • wise man
  • wise guy
  • wise
  • man
  • guy
  • atik
  • attik
  • atick


A wise man (Slang: A wise guy)



Chochma

  • Chochme
  • Chochmeh
  • Khokhme
  • Khokhma
  • Khokhmeh
  • Wisdom
  • bright saying
  • witticism
  • bright idea
  • bright
  • saying
  • idea


Wisdom, bright saying, witticism, bright idea



Cholem

  • kholem


dream



Choleria

  • kholeria
  • Choleryeh
  • kholeryeh
  • A chaleyre
  • chaleyre
  • A chaleire
  • khaleire
  • A chaleyreh
  • chaleyreh
  • A khaleyreh
  • khaleyreh
  • A plague on you
  • plague on you
  • plague on
  • Cholera
  • curse
  • plague


Cholera, curse, plague; A plague on you



Choshever mentsh

  • khoshever mentsh
  • Choshever mensh
  • khoshever mensh
  • Choshever
  • khoshever
  • mentsh
  • mensh
  • Man of worth and dignity
  • elite person
  • respected person
  • Man
  • worth
  • dignity
  • elite
  • respected
  • person


Man of worth and dignity; elite person; respected person



Chosid

  • khosid
  • Rabid fan
  • Rabid
  • fan


Rabid fan



Chossen

  • khossen
  • Chousin
  • khousin
  • Bridegroom


Bridegroom



Chossen-kalleh

  • khossen-kalleh
  • Chossen-kaleh
  • Chossen
  • kalleh
  • khossen
  • kaleh
  • Bride and groom
  • engaged couple
  • Bride
  • groom
  • engaged
  • couple


Bride and groom; engaged couple



Choyzik machen

  • khoyzik makhen
  • Choyzik
  • machen
  • khoyzik
  • makhen
  • Make fun of
  • ridicule
  • Make fun
  • Make
  • fun


Make fun of, ridicule

 

chrain

  • khrain
  • Horseradish
  • chrane
  • khrane


Horseradish




Chropen

  • khropen
  • Snore


Snore



Chub Rachmones

  • khub Rakhmones
  • Chub
  • Rachmones
  • khub
  • Rakhmones
  • Have pity
  • Have
  • pity


Have pity



Chug

  • khug
  • Activity group
  • Activity
  • group


Activity group



Chupah

  • khupah
  • Canopy
  • wedding
  • wedding canopy


Canopy under which a bride and groom stand during marriage ceremony.



Chutzpa

  • Chutzpe
  • Chutzpah
  • Chutzpeh
  • khutzpeh
  • khutzpa
  • khutzpe
  • khutzpah
  • Chutspe
  • Chutspah
  • khutspa
  • khutspe
  • khutspah
  • Chutspa
  • Brazenness
  • gall
  • audacity


Brazenness, gall, audacity; (colossal) nerve
Explanation:
The criminal who murdered his employer, and then pled for mercy in court because he was an unemployed - has chutzpah.





Chutzpenik

  • Chutspenik
  • khutzpenik
  • khutspenik
  • Impudent fellow
  • Impudent
  • fellow


Impudent fellow



Chvalye

  • khvalye
  • Chvalie
  • khvalie
  • makh
  • mach
  • wave


wave



Cokamammie

  • kokamammie
  • fake
  • outrageous
  • ridiculous
  • crazy
  • Cokamamie
  • Kokamamie
  • Cokamami
  • Kokamami
  • Cocamammie
  • kocamammie
  • Cocamamie
  • Kocamamie
  • Cocamami
  • Kocamami


fake, outrageous, ridiculous; crazy




Columbus's medina

  • Columbus
  • medina
  • kolumbus's medina
  • kolumbus
  • Columbus's country
  • Columbus's
  • country


It's not what it's cracked up to be. (Columbus's country.)



Cristiyah

  • kristiyah
  • Enema


Enema


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