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Yiddish-English Glossary

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  • Yachneh - A coarse, loud-mouthed woman; a gossip; a slattern
  • Yachsen - Man of distinguished lineage, highly connected person, privileged character
  • Yarmelkeh - Traditional Jewish skull cap, usually worn during prayers; worn at all times by observant Orthodox Jews.
  • Yashir koyech - May your strength continue, Good fortune to you. 
  • Yatebedam - A man who threatens; one who thinks he's a "big shot"; a blusterer
  • Yedies - News; cablegrams; announcements
  • Yefayfiyeh - Beauty; woman of great beauty
  • Yenems - Someone else's; (the brand of cigarettes moochers smoke!)
  • Yeneh velt - The other world; the world to come
  • Yenteh - Gaggy, talkative woman; female blabbermouth , town gossip
  • Yentzen (taboo) - To fornicate, to whore
  • Yeshiveh - Jewish traditional higher school, talmudical academy
  • Yeshiveh bocher - Student of talmudic academy
  • Yeshuvnik - Farmer, rustic , from the country
  • Yichus - Pedigree, ancestry, family background, nobility
  • Yiddisher kop - Jewish head
  • Yingeh tsats-keh! - A young doll! A living doll!
  • Yiskor - Prayer in commemoration of the dead (Lit., May God remember.)
  • Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement (the most holy of holy days of the Jewish calendar)
  • Yontefdik - Festive, holiday-ish; sharp (referring to clothes)
  • Yortseit - Anniversary of the day of death of parents or relatives; yearly remembrance , candles lit in rememberance
  • Yoysher - Justice, fairness, integrity
  • Yukel - Buffoon
  • (A) Yung mit bainer! - A powerhouse! Strongly built person
  • Yung un alt - Young and old
  • Yungatsh - Street-urchin, scamp, young rogue
  • Yungermantshik - A young, vigorous lad; A newlywed