boydem

Alternative Spellings

boidem, boidim

Definitions

  • attic

Example Sentences

  • "She asked me whether we had a boydem above one of the rooms."
  • "I'm not surprised that Bibi took former MK and Minister Bennie (son of Menachem) Begin out of the 'boidim.'"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

Yiddish בױדעם boydem 'attic', also borrowed into Modern Hebrew, where it often refers to a crawlspace under the roof

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America, Israel

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

http://forward.com/articles/9662/boydem/

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