Favorite Yiddish Expressions

Not just for grandmas anymore.
  1. Alter cocker
    An elderly person prone to complaining.
  2. Dreck
    Shit, referring to objects or people.
  3. "Feh!"
    "Yuck!"
  4. Hok a chanik
    To prattle on endlessly, or to lie.
  5. Khazer
    A gluttonous person.
  6. Ferdrayt
    Dizzy and confused.
  7. Fershtinkiner
    A stinker or a louse.
  8. Fercockt
    All screwed up.
  9. "Lign in drerd in bakn beygl!"
    "May you lie in the ground and bake bagels!"
  10. Loch in kop.
    A hole in the head.
  11. Mayn bobes tam
    Tacky, out-of-date taste.
  12. Nafka
    Whore.
  13. "Nem Zich a vaneh!"
    "Go jump in a lake!"
  14. Nudnik
    A pest or persisted and annoying person.
  15. Ongepotchket
    Something overly, badly decorated. A hot mess.
  16. Pisher
    A bed wetter or a novice.
  17. Shanda
    A shame or a scandal.
  18. Shlemiel
    A klutz.
  19. Shlimazel
    Someone with terrible luck.
  20. Shnorrer
    A mooch or cheapskate.
  21. Shtup
    Fuck.
  22. Shvantz
    Penis.
  23. Zhlub
    An ill-mannered, insensitive person.
  24. Schmuck
    Suggested by   @r
  25. Kvell
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  26. Shmata
    Rag. Often used to describe poorly made clothing. "That dress is a shmata!"
    Suggested by   @r
  27. Kvetch
    Complain, a person that always complains.
    Suggested by   @eatthelove
  28. meshuggeneh
    A crazy person.
    Suggested by   @eatthelove
  29. Mensch
    A stand up guy.
    Suggested by   @eatthelove
  30. Verklempt
    Emotional, almost to the point of tears. Usually used in conjunction with hand waving in front of the eyes.
    Suggested by   @eatthelove
  31. Oy gevalt!
    A phrase used for surprise. "Oy gevalt! You startled me! You shouldn't sneak up on an old lady like me."
    Suggested by   @eatthelove
  32. Mishpucha
    Means "family" ❤️
    Suggested by   @MissBicks
  33. Shaynah punem
    Such a face (said while cheek pinching) Please someone correct spelling
    Suggested by   @robyn