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Everyday Yiddish-English-Yiddish Dictionary
(Starting with "K")

By Natalya Belinsky,
"Fluent English Educational Project"






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K'naidel

  • k'naidlech
  • Knaidel
  • knaidlech
  • matzoh balls
  • matzoh ball
  • matsoh balls
  • matsoh ball
  • Dumplings
  • Dumpling
  • k'naidlekh
  • knaidlekh
  • Knaiydleach
  • Knaidleach
  • Knaydleach
  • Knaiydlech
  • Knaidlech
  • Knaydlech
  • matzoh
  • balls
  • matsoh
  • ball


Dumplings usually made of matzoh meal, cooked in soup; matzoh balls




K'vatsh

  • Kvatsh
  • Kvatch
  • Kvach
  • Boneless person
  • Boneless
  • person
  • lacking character
  • lacking
  • character
  • whiner
  • weakling


Boneless person, one lacking character; a whiner, weakling



K'vitsh

  • Kvitsh
  • Kvitch
  • Kvich
  • Shriek
  • scream
  • screech


Shriek, scream, screech



Kabalah

  • Kabbalah
  • Kabala
  • Kabbala
  • acceptance
  • Jewish mysticism
  • Jewish
  • mysticism


lit., acceptance: Jewish mysticism




Kaddish

  • Kaddisch
  • Kadish
  • Kadisch
  • mourner's prayer
  • mourner
  • prayer


mourner's prayer




Kale

  • Kaleh
  • Kalle
  • Kalleh
  • Bride


Bride




Kalleh moid

  • Kaleh moid
  • Kalle moid
  • Kale moid
  • girl of marriageable age
  • girl
  • marriageable age
  • Kalleh
  • moid
  • moyd
  • Kaleh
  • Kalle
  • Kale
  • Kaleh moyd
  • Kalle moyd
  • Kale moyd
  • Kalleh moyd
  • marriageable
  • age


A girl of marriageable age



Kallehniu

  • Kalehniu
  • Kalleniu
  • Kaleniu
  • Little bride
  • Little
  • bride


Little bride



Kalt

  • Cold


Cold




Kapelye

  • di Kapelye
  • band
  • Kapelie


band



Kapo

  • head of a Judenrat
  • head
  • Judenrat


head of a Judenrat




Kass

  • der Kass
  • Kas
  • der Kas
  • anger


anger




Katchke

  • Kachke
  • Katshke
  • duck
  • nudnik
  • talker
  • chatterer
  • gas-bag
  • windbag
  • chatterbox


duck; nudnik; talker, chatterer, gas-bag, windbag; chatterbox




Katshkedik

  • Katchkedik
  • Kachkedik
  • Ducky
  • swell
  • pleasant


(Americanism) Ducky, swell, pleasant



Ke nignehore

  • Ke
  • nignehore
  • Not tempt the evil eye
  • Not tempt
  • evil eye
  • Not
  • tempt
  • evil
  • eye


Not tempt the evil eye




Keler

  • der Keler
  • basement


basement


kemat

  • kimat
  • almost
  • practically


almost, practically

kenen

  • konen
  • gekent
  • gekont
  • be able to
  • be able
  • know
  • able


to be able to; to know (a skill or language); able

keyn

  • kein
  • kayn
  • kain
  • to
  • a
  • an
  • any
  • no
  • nothing
  • none
  • not anything


1. (prep.) to 2. (negative article) a, an, any; no, nothing, none; not anything (used in negative sentences)





keyn mol nisht

  • keyn mol nisht
  • kein mol nisht
  • kayn mol nisht
  • kain mol nisht
  • keyn mol nischt
  • kein mol nischt
  • kayn mol nischt
  • kain mol nischt
  • keyn
  • kein
  • kayn
  • kain
  • mol
  • nisht
  • nischt


never

 

Khemye

  • Di khemye
  • chemye
  • Di chemye
  • khemyeh
  • Di khemyeh
  • chemyeh
  • Di chemyeh
  • Chemistry


Chemistry



kheshbn

  • kheshben
  • cheshbn
  • cheshben
  • heshbn
  • heshben
  • kheschbn
  • kheschben
  • cheschbn
  • cheschben
  • heschbn
  • heschben
  • kheshboynes
  • kheshboines
  • cheshboynes
  • cheshboines
  • heshboynes
  • heshboines
  • kheschboynes
  • kheschboines
  • cheschboynes
  • cheschboines
  • heschboynes
  • hescboines
  • accounting
  • bill
  • calculation


accounting, bill, calculation


Kheyfets

  • der Kheyfets
  • Kheifets
  • Kheyfetz
  • Kheifetz
  • khfeytsim
  • khfeitsim
  • khfeytzim
  • khfeitzim
  • thing
  • article
  • object


thing, article, object




Kheyrem

  • der Kheyrem
  • Kheirem
  • ban


ban



Khezhbn-Firer

  • der Khezhbn-Firer
  • Khezhben-Firer
  • der Khezhben-Firer
  • Khezhbn
  • Firer
  • Khezhben
  • Khezhbnfirer
  • Khezhbenfirer
  • accountant


accountant



Khidesh

  • der Khidesh
  • Khidesch
  • khidushim
  • khiduschim
  • innovation
  • novelty
  • surprise
  • astonishment


innovation, novelty, surprise, astonishment



khotsh

  • khotsch
  • chotsh
  • chotsch
  • although
  • at least
  • least


although; at least


Kibbutz

  • kibbuts
  • kibutz
  • kibuts
  • Israeli collective farm
  • Israeli
  • collective farm
  • collective
  • farm
  • kibbutzim
  • kibutzim
  • kibbutsim
  • kibutsim


Israeli collective farm




Kibitz

  • Kibbitz
  • chitchat
  • Kibbits
  • Kibits
  • offer unsolicited advice as a spectator
  • offer
  • unsolicited advice
  • unsolicited
  • advice
  • spectator


offer unsolicited advice as a spectator; chitchat



Kibitzer

  • Kibitser
  • Kibbitzer
  • Kibbitser
  • Meddlesome spectator
  • Meddlesome
  • spectator
  • one who always jokes
  • joke
  • joker
  • meddlesome jester
  • jester


Meddlesome spectator; one who always jokes; meddlesome jester



kind

  • Child


Child


Kind un kait

  • Kind un kayt
  • Kind un keit
  • Kind un keyt
  • Young and old
  • Young
  • and
  • old
  • Kind
  • un
  • kait
  • kayt
  • keit
  • keyt


Young and old



Kinder

  • Children


Children




Kinehora

  • curse


A curse in reverse.
Explanation:
A colleague tells you with best intentions, "Looks like you're going to get a promotion, Jack." Kinehora! You quickly cover his mouth, for to utter such a thing is to ensure it will never happen.



kinstlekh

  • artificial


artificial


Kinstler

  • der Kinstler
  • kinstlers
  • artist


artist


kirtsung

  • kirtzung
  • abbreviation


abbreviation


Kishkes

  • Kishkeh
  • Kishke
  • guts
  • innards
  • innard
  • intestines
  • stuffed derma
  • stuffed
  • derma
  • gut
  • intestine
  • stuff
  • kishkas
  • kishka
  • Kischkes
  • kischkas
  • kischka
  • Kischkeh
  • Kischke


guts, intestines, innards; stuffed derma (sausage shaped, stuffed with a mixture of flour, onions, salt, pepper and fat to keep it together, it is boiled, roasted and sliced)




Kishnev

  • Kishinev
  • Kischnev
  • Kischinev
  • city
  • Back of beyond
  • middle of nowhere
  • boondocks
  • boondock
  • other side of the world


1) A city in Russia. 2) Any place so far away you don't know or care to know how to get there. 3) Back of beyond; middle of nowhere; boondocks; other side of the world





Klainer gornisht

  • Klain gornisht
  • Klayner gornisht
  • Klayn gornisht
  • Kleiner gornisht
  • Klein gornisht
  • Kleyner gornisht
  • Kleyn gornisht
  • klainer
  • klain
  • klayner
  • klayn
  • kleiner
  • klein
  • kleyner
  • kleyn
  • Little prig
  • A little nothing
  • Little
  • prig
  • little nothing
  • nothing
  • gornisht
  • gornischt
  • Klainer gornischt


Little prig (Lit., A little nothing)



Klayder

  • di Klayder
  • Klaider
  • Kleyder
  • Kleider
  • attire


attire




Kleyn

  • Klein
  • Klayn
  • Klain
  • Klayner
  • Klainer
  • Kleyner
  • Kleiner
  • The little one
  • little one
  • little


The little one




Klezmer

  • Kleizmer
  • Klaizmer
  • Klayzmer
  • Klezmers
  • Klezmorim
  • Kleizmers
  • Klaizmers
  • Klaizmorim
  • Kleizmorim
  • musician


musician




Klor

  • Clear


Clear




Klotz kasheh

  • Foolish question
  • fruitless question
  • Foolish
  • question
  • fruitless
  • Klotz kascheh
  • Klots kasheh
  • Klots kascheh
  • Klutz kasheh
  • Kluts kasheh
  • Klootz kasheh
  • Kloots kasheh
  • Klotz kashe
  • Klots kascheh
  • Klots kascheh
  • Klutz kascheh
  • Kluts kascheh
  • Klootz kascheh
  • Kloots kascheh
  • Klotz kasche
  • Klots kashe
  • Klots kasche
  • Klutz kashe
  • Kluts kashe
  • Klootz kashe
  • Kloots kashe
  • Klots kasche
  • Klots kasche
  • Klutz kasche
  • Kluts kasche
  • Klootz kasche
  • Kloots kasche
  • Klotz
  • Klots
  • Klutz
  • Kluts
  • Klootz
  • Kloots
  • kasheh
  • kascheh
  • kashe
  • kasche


Foolish question; fruitless question



Klutz

  • Kluts
  • Klotz
  • Klots
  • Klootz
  • Kloots
  • Ungraceful
  • awkward
  • clumsy person
  • clumsy
  • person
  • bungler


Ungraceful, awkward, clumsy person; bungler (rhymes with "guts").
Commentary:
A person who trips over things, bumps into walls and has "two left feet." A klutz is a person who frequently trips on his own shoelaces, falls over furniture and manages to drip mustard on his/her lap with such regularity that it confounds the laws of probability. Klutz's, however, are not unloved because they are usually the victims of their own misdeeds.





Knaker

  • Knacker
  • K'naker
  • K'nacker
  • Big shot
  • big wig
  • fat cat
  • Big
  • shot
  • wig
  • fat
  • cat


Big shot (sarcastically); big wig, fat cat




Knekhl

  • dos Knekhl
  • Knechl
  • dos Knechl
  • ankle
  • knuckle


ankle, knuckle





Knubble

  • Knuble
  • garlic


garlic




Kol

  • Keler
  • voice


voice



Korb

  • der Korb
  • basket


basket




Korban

  • scapegoat


scapegoat




Kosher

  • clean
  • Legitimate
  • right
  • honest


Jewish dietary laws based on "cleanliness"; legitimate. Also referring to the legitimacy of a situation: right, honest
Example: This plan doesn't seem kosher.




Koved

  • Respect
  • honour
  • reverence
  • esteem


Respect, honour, reverence, esteem



koydem kol

  • koidem kol
  • koydem
  • koidem
  • kol
  • first of all
  • first
  • all


first of all


Koyekh

  • Koyekhes
  • Koiekh
  • Koiekhes
  • Koyeches
  • Koiech
  • Koieches
  • Koyech
  • strength
  • energy


strength, energy



Koyshbol

  • der Koyshbol
  • Koyschbol
  • Koishbol
  • Koschbol
  • basketball


basketball




Krechts

  • Kreachts
  • Krekhts
  • Kreakhts
  • Groan
  • moan


Groan, moan




Krechtser

  • Kreachtser
  • Kreakhtser
  • Krekhtser
  • Blues singer
  • moaner
  • Blues
  • singer


Blues singer, moaner


krign

  • krigen
  • krighen
  • get
  • receive
  • acquire


get, receive, acquire


Kshos

  • Kschos
  • Sagittarius


Sagittarius




Kugl

  • Kugel
  • Kuglekh
  • Kuglech
  • pudding


(type of) pudding


kunst

  • di Kunst
  • art


art


Kurveh

  • Kurve
  • courva
  • curveh
  • hooker
  • curve
  • Kurva
  • curva
  • whore
  • prostitute


whore, prostitute, hooker




Kvel

  • kvell
  • K'vel
  • K'velen
  • Kvelen
  • beam with joy
  • burst with pride
  • glow with happiness
  • beam
  • be delighted
  • beam
  • joy
  • burst
  • pride
  • glow
  • happiness
  • delighted
  • beam with
  • burst with
  • glow with
  • delight


(rhymes with swell)
1. To beam with joy, burst with pride, glow with pride and happiness, beam; be delighted. 2. To express pleasure in a gentle manner. 3. To exclaim joyfully or proudly, especially in boasting about the achievements of a family member.



kveln

  • kvelen
  • beam at
  • be delighted with
  • beam
  • be delighted
  • delighted
  • delight
  • fun


to beam (at), to be delighted (with)




kver

  • across
  • crosswise


across, crosswise



Kvetch

  • Kvech
  • K'vetsh
  • Kvetsh
  • kvetches
  • kveches
  • kvetshes
  • Whine
  • complain
  • whiner
  • complainer


Whine, complain; whiner, a complainer

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