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Aliya
   means   
Pilgrimage to Israel
Alter Cocker
   means   
An Old and Complaining Person, an Old Fart
Ay-yay-yay
   means   
A Joyous or at Times Sarcastic, Exclamation
Balabusta
   means   
The Wife of an Important Person or a Bossy Woman
Bei Mir Bist Du Shayn
   means   
To Me You're Beautiful
Berryer
   means   
A Woman With Excellent Homemaking Skills
Considered a compliment in the pre-feminist era
A Bi Gezunt
   means   
So Long As You're Healthy
The expression means don't worry so much about a problem, whatever it is - you've still got your health
Bissel
   means   
A Little
Bobbemyseh
   means   
Old Wives Tales, Nonsense
Boychik
   means   
Little Boy
Broche
   means   
A Prayer
Bubbala
   means   
Darling
A term of endearment
Bubbe
   means   
Grandmother
Bupkes
   means   
Something Worthless or Absurd
Chalutz
   means   
Pioneer
Chaver
   means   
Friend
Chazen
   means   
Cantor
Chazerai
   means   
Junk Food
Chuppa
   means   
Wedding Canopy
Chutzpah
   means   
Audacity, Nerve
Coalus
   means   
Exile
Dreck
   means   
Excrement; Dung
Can refer to the ugliness of objects or people
Ess
   means   
Eat
Farbissen
   means   
An Unpleasant Person
Farpitzs
   means   
All Dressed up
Faygala
   means   
A Male Homosexual
Literally 'little bird'
Ferblunjit
   means   
Lost, Mixed up
Ferdrayt
   means   
Dizzy, Confused
Fermisht
   means   
All Shook up
As in an acute disturbance
Fershlugina
   means   
Beaten Up, Messed up
Fershtay?
   means   
Do You Understand
Fershtinkiner
   means   
A Stinker, a Louse
Fertummelt
   means   
Befuddled, Confused
Fress
   means   
To Eat Like an Animal
Gavalt
   means   
A Cry of Fear or a Cry for Help
Oy Gevalt is often used as expression meaning "oh how terrible."
Gay Avek
   means   
Go Away, Get out of Here
Gay Ga Zinta Hate
   means   
Go in Good Health
Often said in parting but can be spoken with irony to mean go do your own thing
Gay Kahn Afn Yam
   means   
Go Defecate in the Ocean
Gay Schluffen
   means   
Go to Sleep
Gelt
   means   
Money
Geshrei
   means   
A Scream
Gonif
   means   
A Thief, a Tricky Clever Person
Grepse
   means   
To Belch
Grieven
   means   
Fried Chicken Fat
Groysse Metzuh
   means   
Big Deal
Thinks better of themself then they really are
Hok a Chainik
   means   
To Talk Too Much, to Talk Nonsense
Kishka
   means   
Guts or Intestines in Intestine Casing
Koogl
   means   
A Pudding Made With the Noodle & Raisins or Potato and Onions
Kreplach
   means   
Dumplings Filled With Meat
Kvetch
   means   
To Annoy or to Be an Annoying Person, to Complain
Loch in Kop
   means   
A Hole in the Head
As in You could use that like a "loch in kop"
Lox
   means   
Smoked Salmon
Luftmensh
   means   
A Dreamer, Someone Whose Head is in the Clouds
Luzzem
   means   
Leave Him Be, Let Her or Him Alone
Macher
   means   
An Ambitious Person; a Schemer With Many Plans
Mach Shnel
   means   
Hurry up
Maven
   means   
An Expert
Mazel
   means   
Luck
Meeskeit
   means   
Ugliness or Ugly Person
Megillah
   means   
Long, Complicated and Boring
Mensch
   means   
Honorable or Decent Person
Meshugge or Meshuggina
   means   
Crazy
Refers to a more chronic disturbance
Mikva
   means   
Ritual Bath for Jewish Women
Mishagoss
   means   
Craziness
Mishling
   means   
Someone of Mixed Parentage
Mishpocha
   means   
Family
Usually an extended family
Momzer
   means   
An Untrustworthy Person
Moyl
   means   
The Man Who Circumcises Baby Boys at a Briss
Nach a Mool
   means   
And So on
Nafka
   means   
A Whore
Nakhes
   means   
Pleasure
Nar
   means   
A Fool
Nariskeit
   means   
Foolishness
Nebech
   means   
Poor One, Loser, Pitiful Specimen
Noch Nisht
   means   
Not Yet
Noodge
   means   
To Bother, to Push
Nudnik
   means   
A Pest
Ongepotchket
   means   
Messed Up, Slapped Together Without Form
Oy Vey
   means   
"oh, How Terrible Things Are"
Oy-yoy-yoy
   means   
An Exclamation of Sorrow and Lamentation
Pesach
   means   
Passover
Pisher
   means   
A Bed-wetter, a Young Inexperienced Person
Pitseleh
   means   
A Little Baby
Plotz
   means   
To Burst, to Explode
Pogrom
   means   
A Massacre of Jews
Potchka
   means   
To Fool Around; to Be Busy Without a Clear Goal
Pulkes
   means   
Thighs
Pupik
   means   
Belly Button
Rachmones
   means   
Compassion
Sachel
   means   
Common Sense
Saykhel
   means   
Common Sense
Schlock
   means   
Cheap Merchandise
Shadkhen
   means   
A Professional Matchmaker
Shanda
   means   
A Shame, a Scandal
Shande
   means   
Shame
Shaygets
   means   
A Gentile Boy and Man
Also means a clever lad or rascal
Shayner
   means   
Pretty, Wholesomely Attractive
Shiksa
   means   
A Gentile Girl or Woman
Shlemiel
   means   
A Dummy; Someone Who is Taken Advantage of
Shlimazl
   means   
A Chronically Unlucky Person, a Born Loser
Shmatta
   means   
A Rag
Shmeer
   means   
To Spread As in to "shmeer" Butter on Bread. Can Also Mean to Bribe and Can Refer to the "whole Package" As in I'll Accept the Whole Shmeer
Shmegegge
   means   
A Petty Person, an Untalented Person
Shmendrick
   means   
A Weak and Thin Pipsqueak
Shmooze
   means   
Chitchat
Shmutzik
   means   
Dirt
Shnoz
   means   
Nose, Big Nose
Shochet
   means   
Authorized Kosher Butcher
Shpritz
   means   
To Spray, to Squirt
Shtetl
   means   
Village
Shtunk
   means   
A Stinker, a Nasty Person or a Scandalous Mess
Shul
   means   
Synagogue
Shvitz
   means   
To Sweat
Tsedrayt
   means   
Confused, Mixed up
Tsetummelt
   means   
Confused, Bewildered
Tsimmes
   means   
A Disk of Mixed Fruit and Vegetables
Tsoriss
   means   
Suffering, Woes
Tuches
   means   
Backside
Tummel
   means   
Noise, Commotion
Ungabluzum
   means   
To Look As if One is Going to Cry
Ver Clempt
   means   
All Choked up
Vu Den
   means   
What Next?
Vus Machs Da
   means   
What's Happening? What's Up?
Yahrzeit
   means   
Anniversary of a Death (light a Candle)
Yenta
   means   
A Busybody
Usually refers to an older woman
Zaftig
   means   
Pleasantly Plump
Zeit Gezunt
   means   
Be Well
Zetz
   means   
A Strong Blow or Punch
Zeyde
   means   
Grandfather or Old Man
Zhlub
   means   
An Insensitive Ill-mannered Person
Zie Ga Zink
   means   
Wishing Someone Good Health


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