- head, little head (informal, diminutive, often in child-directed speech)
- "Lay your keppie down and rest a bit."
- "Watch your keppy - I'm closing the door."
Languages of Origin
Yiddish קאָפּ kop 'head', diminutive forms קעפּל/קעפּעלע képl/képele; diminutive ending replaced with English diminutive -i
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
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