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Yiddish-English Glossary

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A

  • A bisel - A little
  • A biseleh - A very little
  • A broch! - Oh hell! Damn it!! A curse!!!
  • A brocheh - A blessing
  • A deigeh hob ich - I don't care. I should worry.
  • A farshlepteh krenk - A chronic ailment
  • A feier zol im trefen - He should burn up!
  • A gezunt ahf dein kop! - Good health to you (lit., Good health on your head)
  • A glick ahf dir! - Good luck to you (Sometimes used sarcastically about minor good fortunes) Big thing!
  • A glick hot dir getrofen! - Big deal! Sarcastic; lit., A piece of luck happened to you
  • A klog iz mir! - Woe is me!
  • A leben ahf dir! - You should live! And be well and have more!
  • A lung un leber oyf der noz - Stop talking yourself into illness! (Lit., Don't imagine a lung and a liver upon the nose)
  • A mentsh on glik is a toyter mensh - An unlucky person is a dead person.
  • A metsieh fun a ganef - It's a steal (Lit., A bargain from a thief.)
  • A nechtiker tog! - Forget it!
  • A nishtikeit! - A nobody!
  • A shandeh un a charpeh - A shame and a disgrace
  • A shtik naches - A great joy
  • A sof! A sof! - Let's end it ! End it!
  • Abi gezunt! - As long as you're healthy!
  • Achrahyes - Responsible
  • Ahf mir gezogt! - I wish it could be said about me!
  • Ahf tsores - In trouble
  • Ahntoisht - Disappointed
  • Ahzes ponim - Impudent fellow
  • Aidel - Cultured or finicky
  • Aidim - Son-in-law
  • Aiver butel - Absent minded; mixed up
  • Alaichem sholom - To you be peace
  • Alef-bais - Alphabet; the first two letters of the Jewish alphabet
  • Alevei! - It should happen to me (to you)!
  • Alteh moid - Spinster, old maid
  • Alteh bocher - Bachelor
  • Alter Kucker - A lecherous old man
  • An alteh machashaifeh - An old witch
  • An alter bakahnter - An old acquaintance
  • An alter trombenick - An old wise guy...Joker
  • Arein - Come in!
  • Arumgeflickt! - Plucked! Milked!
  • Arumloifer - Street urchin; person who runs around
  • Az a yor ahf mir. - I should have such good luck.
  • Az och un vai! - Tough luck! Too bad! Misfortune!
  • Azoy? - Really?
  • Azoy gait es! - That's how it goes!
  • Azoy gich? - So soon?
  • Azoy vert dos kichel tzekrochen! - That's how the cookie crumbles!