from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The language historically of Ashkenazic Jews of Central and Eastern Europe, resulting from a fusion of elements derived principally from medieval German dialects and secondarily from Hebrew and Aramaic, various Slavic languages, and Old French and Old Italian.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Yiddish language.
- adj. Jewish.
- n. A West Germanic language that developed from Middle High German dialects, with an admixture of vocabulary from multiple source languages including Hebrew-Aramaic, Romance, Slavic, English, etc., and written in Hebrew characters which is used mainly among Ashkenazic Jews from central and eastern Europe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A language used by German and other Jews, being a Middle German dialect developed under Hebrew and Slavic influence. It is written in Hebrew characters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
The fact remains that Yiddish is Yiddish for Jewish.
Like so many of the movies Carell has headlined over the past five years, "Dinner for Schmucks" -- despite a title Yiddish speakers understandably find nastily off-color -- will most likely put tushies in seats.
What about if he was Jewish and asked a question in Yiddish?
I'm sure that they talked about it among themselves in Yiddish, but I didn't know it.
Usually in Yiddish which they pretend not to understand.
Yiddish is the primary language, with very little American spoken.
At the end, they had a considerable amount of backup from the audience on three rousing pieces, one in Yiddish, the other two in Ukrainian, which brought tears to my eyes, as people singing wholeheartedly together always does.
At the tender age of 11, Walter caught the acting bug, and started playing in Yiddish theatre.
And Tony Curtis was kind of bugged by it, and he thought people were telling him to be quiet or be - but they were all saying in Yiddish: (Yiddish spoken).
For many haredi, Yiddish is their native language as well as their primary one.