balabotish

Alternative Spellings

balebatish, balabatish

Definitions

  • "Quiet; respectable; well mannered" (Rosten). "middle class"; normal

Example Sentences

  • "...it wasn't super fancy, just a nice, balabatish wedding."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

בעל־הבתּיש bal(e)batish

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

This word is used by members of diverse ultra-Orthodox communities which include Litvaks, Chasidim, and others to describe the average member of the community, who is not particularly ideological but rather "normal".

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