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

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papa-mama

  • papah-mamah
  • papeh
  • mameh
  • papeh-mameh
  • pape-mame
  • pape
  • mame
  • papa
  • mama
  • Parents
  • Parent
  • papah
  • mamah


Parents



parnose

  • Parnosseh
  • Parnosse
  • Parnoseh
  • parnoses
  • livelihood
  • living


livelihood, living

 

Parveh

  • Parve
  • Neutral food
  • Neutral
  • food
  • neither nor
  • neither... nor
  • neither
  • nor
  • neither dairy nor meat
  • dairy
  • meat


Neutral food, neither dairy nor meat



Paskudnyak

  • Paskudnik
  • Ugly
  • revolting
  • horrible
  • evil person
  • evil
  • person
  • nasty fellow
  • nasty
  • fellow


Ugly, revolting, horrible, evil person; nasty fellow



pastn

  • pasten
  • pahst
  • apply


to apply (befitting)

Peyn

  • di Peyn
  • Pein
  • di Pein
  • anguish


anguish




Pilke

  • di Pilke
  • ball


ball



pinktlekh

  • pinktleh
  • pinktlech
  • exact
  • accurate


accurate, exact


Pintele

  • pinteleh
  • point
  • Jew
  • spark
  • Jewishness


(lit.) the point of a Jew: the "spark" of Jewishness within all Jews




Pisher

  • Pischer
  • innocent
  • naive
  • beginner
  • novice
  • wet behind the ears
  • wet
  • behind
  • ear
  • ears


innocent; naive; beginner; novice; wet behind the ears



Pisk

  • mouth
  • big mouth
  • loudmouth
  • big


Slang for mouth; insultingly, a big mouth, loudmouth



Pisk-Malocheh

  • Pisk-Malokheh
  • Pisk-Maloche
  • Pisk-Malokhe
  • Pisk-Malocha
  • Pisk-Malokha
  • Big talker
  • little doer
  • Big
  • talker
  • little
  • doer
  • Malocheh
  • Malokheh
  • Pisk
  • Maloche
  • Malokhe
  • Malocha
  • Malokha


Big talker-little doer! (A man who talks a good line but does nothing)



pits'l

  • pitsel
  • A Pitsele
  • Pitsele
  • wee
  • tiny bit
  • tiny
  • bit
  • young
  • young child
  • small child
  • small
  • child
  • pitz'l
  • pitzel


Wee, tiny; tiny bit; very young or small child


Platz

  • plotz
  • Plats
  • plots
  • Explode with emotions
  • Explode
  • emotions
  • emotion
  • Burst
  • plotzen
  • plotsen
  • platzen
  • platsen
  • Fall down dead
  • Fall down
  • dead
  • Fall


Explode with emotions; Burst! Bust your guts out! Split your guts! Fall down dead right now
Commentary:
To feel so tired, excited or bursting with emotion that you could fall over.
Examples:
"Oy, after all that shopping I'm about to plotz!"
"Ham and cheese sandwiches? If your grandfather weren't already dead, he'd plotz."
"When I saw him after all these years I felt like I could just plotz!"



Plazhe

  • di Plazhe
  • beach


beach




Pogrom

  • pogrom
  • massacre


violent, anti-Semitic attack of a Jewish village or area; pogrom, massacre



Potch

  • potsch
  • potsh
  • spank


spank



potchka

  • pochka


To make a mess, to mess around, to mess up.


Potchkied

  • potchkit
  • overdone
  • overwrought
  • overdo
  • potschkied
  • potschkit
  • potshkied
  • potshkit


overdone, overwrought




Prost

  • Coarse
  • common
  • vulgar
  • prosteh
  • proster
  • priste
  • prosteun
  • prust
  • proost
  • rough
  • unrefined
  • unrefine


Coarse, common, vulgar, rough; (socially) unrefined




Prostaches

  • Prostakhes
  • Low class people
  • Low class
  • people
  • Low
  • class
  • Prostak
  • Prostakes


Low class people



Prostak

  • Prostakes
  • Prostakhes
  • Prostaches
  • Ignorant boor
  • coarse person
  • vulgar man
  • Ignorant
  • boor
  • coarse
  • person
  • vulgar
  • man


Ignorant boor, coarse person, vulgar man



Prosteh leit

  • Prosteh lait
  • Prosteh layt
  • Prosteh leyt
  • Simple people
  • common people
  • Simple
  • common
  • vulgar
  • ignorant
  • low class
  • people
  • proster
  • leit
  • lait
  • Proste
  • prosteun
  • layt
  • Prosteh
  • leyt
  • low
  • class


Simple people, common people; vulgar, ignorant, "low class" people




Proster mentsh

  • Proster mensh
  • Proster
  • mentsh
  • Proste
  • mensh
  • Prosteh
  • Vulgar man
  • common person
  • Vulgar
  • man
  • common
  • person


Vulgar man, common man




Prosteun

  • Prosteh
  • proster
  • Proste
  • Unrefined
  • simple


Unrefined; simple




Psule

  • Virgo


Virgo




Punim

  • Face
  • ponim


Face



Pupik

  • belly button
  • belly
  • button
  • Navel
  • gizzard
  • chicken stomach
  • chicken
  • stomach


Navel, belly button, gizzard, chicken stomach




Pupiklech

  • Pupiklekh
  • Dish of chicken gizzards
  • Dish of chicken gizzard
  • Dish
  • chicken gizzards
  • chicken gizzard
  • chicken
  • gizzard
  • gizzards


Dish of chicken gizzards



Pushkeh

  • Pushke
  • charity box
  • box for coins
  • charity
  • box


Little box for coins; charity box




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