40 yiddish words

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baleboste
a good homemaker, a woman whos in charge of her home and will make sure you remember it
bissel
a little bit
bupkes
trivial, worthless, useless, a ridiculously small amount,
chutzpah
nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption
feh
an expression of disgust or disapproval, representative of the sound of spitting
glitch
a minor problem or error
gornisht
more polite than bupkes, and also implies a strong sense of nothing
goy
a non-jew, a gentile
kibbitz
kibbutz or collective, joking
klutz
clumsy or awkward person
kvetsh
complain, whine or fret
mamale
female child or toddler
maven
expert (used sarcastically)
mentsh
an honorable, decent person, a person who helps you when you need help
mishegas
insanity or craziness
mishpocheh
family
narishkeit
nonsense, foolishness
nosh
nibble a light snack
nu
so? huh? hello? well? it calls for a reply
nuch besser
even better (used sarcastically)
oy vey
expresses fear, shock or amazement, dismay, grief, exasperation
plotz
explode
shlep
drag, traditionally something you dont really need, to carry unwillingly
slemiel
a clumsy, inept person, similar to a klutz
schlock
cheap, shoddy, inferior
shlimazel
someone with constant bad luck
shmendrik
a jerk, a stupid person
shmaltzy
gushing, flattery, over the top, corny, excessively sentimental
shmooze
chat, make small talk
schmuck
insulting word for a self made fool
spiel
a long, involved sales pitch
shikse
a non Jewish woman
shmutz
dirt
shtick
something your known for doing, an entertainer's routine
tatale
male child or toddler
tchatchke
little toy
tsuris
serious troubles, not minor annoyances
tuches
rear end, bottom
yente
female busybody or gossip
yiddisher kop
smart person