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Yiddish-English Glossary

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N

  • Na! - Here! Take it. There you have it.
  • Naches - Joy: Gratification, especially from children.
  • Nacht falt tsu. - Night is falling; twilight
  • Nadan - Dowry
  • Nafkeh - Prostitute
  • Nafkeh bay-is - Whorehouse
  • Naidlechech - Rare thing
  • Nar - Fool . Stupid person
  • Nar ainer! - You fool, you!
  • Narish - Foolish
  • Narishkeit - Foolishness
  • Nebach - It's a pity. Unlucky, pitiful person.
  • Nebbish - A nobody, simpleton, weakling, awkward person
  • Nebechel - Nothing, a pitiful person; or playing role of being one
  • (A) Nechtiker tog! - He's (it's) gone! Forget it! Nonsense! (Lit., a yesterday's day)
  • Nem zich a vaneh! - Go take a bath! Go jump in the lake!
  • Neshomeh - Soul, spirit
  • Neshomeleh - Sweetheart, sweet soul
  • Nifter-shmifter, a leben macht er? - What difference does it make as long as he makes a living? (Lit., nifter means deceased.)
  • Nishkosheh - Not so bad, satisfactory. (This has nothing to do with the word "kosher," but comes from the Hebrew and means "hard, heavy," thus "not hard" as in "not bad."
  • Nisht do gedacht! - It shouldn't happen! G-d forbid! (Lit., May we be saved from it! [sad event] )
  • Nishtgedeiget - Don't worry; doesn't worry
  • Nisht gefonfit! - Don't hedge. Don't fool around. Don't double-talk.
  • Nisht getrofen! - So I guessed wrong!
  • Nisht gut - Not good, lousy, bad event 
  • Nisht naitik - Not necessary
  • Nishtgutnick - No-good person
  • Nishtikeit! - A nobody!
  • Nishtu gedacht! - It shouldn't happen! G-d forbid!
  • Nit kain farshloffener - A lively person
  • Nit ahin, nit aher - Neither here nor there
  • Nit gidacht! - It shouldn't happen! (Same as nishtu gedacht)
  • Nit gidacht gevorn. - It shouldn't come to pass.
  • Nit kosher - Impure food. Also, slang, anything not good, bad deal. 
  • Nit heint, nit morgen! - Not today, not tomorrow!
  • Nito farvos! - You're welcome!
  • Noch nisht - Not yet
  • Nochshlepper - Hanger-on, unwanted follower
  • Nor Got vaist - Only G-d knows.
  • Nosh - Snack
  • Nosherie - Snack food
  • Nu? - So? Well? When?
  • Nu, shoyn! - Move, already! Hurry up! Let's go! Aren't you finished?
  • Nudnik - Pesty nagger, nuisance, a bore, obnoxious person
  • Nudje - Annoying person, badgerer (Americanism)
  • Nudjen - Badger, annoy persistently