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Yiddish-English Glossary

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  • Kaas (in kaas oyf) - Angry (with)
  • Kabaret forshtelung - Floorshow
  • Kabtzen, kaptsen - Pauper
  • Kaddish - A mourner's prayer
  • Kaddishel - Baby son; endearing term for a boy or man (Derived from word "kaddish" which is a prayer for the dead that only males recite)
  • Kadoches - Fever
  • Kadoches mit koshereh fodem! - Absolutely nothing! (Lit., fever with a kosher thread)
  • Kaftan - Long coat worn by religious Jews
  • Kain ein horeh - No evil eye! Great piece of good fortune.
  • Kakapitshi - Conglomeration
  • Kalamutneh - Dreary, gloomy, troubled
  • Kalleh moid - A girl of marriageable age
  • Kallehniu - Little bride
  • Kalyekeh - Cripple; misfit; also, anybody not good at their craft or sport
  • Kalyeh - Bad, wrong, spoiled , annoying
  • Kam derlebt - Narrowly achieved (Lit., hardly lived to see)
  • Kam mit tsores! - Barely made it! (Lit., with some troubles) The word "Kam," also is pronounced "Kom" or "Koim" depending on the region people come from.
  • Kam vos er kricht - Barely able to creep; Mr. Slowpoke
  • Kam vos er lebt - He's hardly (barely) alive.
  • Kamtsoness - To be miserly
  • Kaneh - An enema
  • Kaporeh, (kapores) - Atonement sacrifice; forgiveness; (slang) good for nothing
  • Karabelnick - Country peddler
  • Karger - Miser, tightwad
  • Kasheh - Groats, mush cereal, buckwheat, porridge; a mess, mix-up, confusion
  • Kasheh varnishkes - Cooked groats and broad (or bowtie) noodles
  • Kashress - Kosher condition; Jewish religious dietary law
  • Kasnik, (keisenik) - Angry person; excitable person, hot head
  • Kasokeh - Cross-eyed
  • Katshkedik (Americanism) - Ducky, swell, pleasant
  • Katzisher kop - Forgetful (Lit., Cat head)
  • Kazatskeh - Lively Russian dance
  • Kemfer - Fighter (usually for a cause)
  • Ken zein - Maybe, could be
  • (To) Kibbitz - To offer unsolicited advice as a spectator
  • Kibbitzer - Meddlesome spectator
  • Kiddish (Borai pri hagofen) - Blessing over wine on the eve of Sabbath or Festivals
  • Kimpet-tzettel - Childbirth amulet or charm (from the German "kind-bet-tzettel" meaning childbirth label containing Psalm 121, names of angels, patriarchs
  • Kimpetoren - Woman in labour or immediately after the delivery
  • Kind un kait - Young and old
  • Kinderlech - Diminutive, affectionate term for children
  • Kishef macher - Magic-worker
  • Kishkeh - 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)
  • (A) Kitsel - Tickle
  • Klainer gornisht - Little prig (Lit., A little nothing)
  • Klemt beim hartz - Clutches at my heartstrings
  • Klaperkeh - Talkative woman
  • Klipeh - Gabby woman, shrew, a female demon
  • Klogmuter - Complainer, chronic complainer
  • (A) Klog iz mir! - Woe is me!
  • Klop - Bang, a real hard punch or wallop
  • Klotz (klutz) - Ungraceful, awkward, clumsy person; bungler
  • Klotz kasheh - Foolish question; fruitless question
  • Kloymersht - Not in reality, pretended (Lit., as if it were)
  • K'nacker - A big shot
  • K'naidel (pl., k'naidlech) - Dumplings usually made of matzoh meal, cooked in soup
  • K'nippel - Button, knot; hymen, virginity; money tied in a knot in a handkerchief
  • K'nish (taboo) - Vagina
  • K'nishes - Baked dumplings filled with potato, meat, liver or barley
  • Kochalain - Summer boarding house with cooking privileges (Lit., cook by yourself)
  • Kochedik - Petulant, excitable
  • Kochleffel - One who stirs up trouble; gadabout, busy-body (Lit., a cooking ladle)
  • Kolboynik - Rascally know-it-all
  • (A) Kop oif di plaitses! - Good, common sense! (Lit., A head on the shoulders!)
  • Kopvaitik - Headache
  • Kosher - Jewish dietary laws based on "cleanliness." Also referring to the legitimacy of a situation. "This plan doesn't seem kosher."
  • Koved - Respect, honour, reverence, esteem
  • Krank - Sick
  • Krank-heit - Sickness
  • Krassavitseh - Beauty, a doll, beautiful woman
  • Krechts - Groan, moan, complain 
  • Krechtser - Blues singer, a moaner
  • Kreplach - Small pockets of dough filled with chopped meat which look like ravioli, or won ton, and are eaten in soup; (slang) nothing, valueless
  • Kroivim - Relatives
  • Kuck im on (taboo) - Defecate on him! The hell with him!
  • Kuck zich oys! (taboo) - Go take a shit for yourself! ..Or explain yourself, get to the point.
  • Kugel - Pudding
  • Kuk im on! - Look at him!
  • Kumen tsu gast - To visit
  • Kuntzen - Tricks
  • Kunyehlemel - Naive, clumsy, awkward person; nincompoop; Casper Milquetoast
  • Kurveh - Whore, prostitute
  • Kush in toches arein! (taboo) - Kiss my behind! (said to somebody who is annoying you)
  • Kushinyerkeh - Cheapskate; woman who comes to a store and asks for a five cents' worth of vinegar in her own bottle
  • K'vatsh - Boneless person, one lacking character; a whiner, weakling
  • K'velen - Glow with pride and happiness, beam; be delighted
  • K'vetsh - Whine, complain; whiner, a complainer
  • K'vitsh - Shriek, scream, screech