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Yiddish-English Glossary

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  • Badchan - Jester, 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
  • Bagroben - To bury
  • Baitsim - Testicles
  • Balebatisheh yiden - Respectable Jews, men of substance and good standing in the community
  • Balhabosteh - Mistress of the house
  • Balnes - Miracle-worker
  • Bal Toyreh - Learned man, scholar
  • Bareden yenem - To gossip
  • Barimer - Braggart, show-off
  • Baroygis - Angry, petulant
  • Bashert - Fated or predestined
  • Bashert zein - To be destined
  • Behaimeh - Animal, cow (when referring to a human deing, means dull-witted)
  • Bentshen lecht - Recite prayer over lit candles on Sabbath eve or Holy Day candles
  • Beryeh - Efficient, competent housewife
  • Bes medresh - Synagogue
  • Billik - Cheap, inexpensive, bargain
  • Bist meshugeh? - Are you crazy?
  • Biteh - Please
  • Blondjen - To wander, be lost
  • Bobkes - Small things, triflings, small change, nothing, worthless
  • Bohmer - Bum (masc.)
  • Bohmerkeh - Bum (fem.)
  • Borsht - Beet soup
  • Borsht circuit - Hotels in the Catskill Mountain, New York area, with an almost entirely Jewish clientele, who are fond of borsht; term is used by entertainers who performed in those hotel.
  • Bris - Circumcision
  • Bristen - Breasts
  • Broitgeber - Head of family
  • Bronfen - Whiskey
  • B'suleh - Virgin
  • Bubee - Friendly term for anybody you like
  • Bulvan - Man built like an ox; boorish, coarse, rude person