sechel

Alternative Spellings

seykhel, seychel, saykhel

Definitions

  • "Common sense" (JPS), intelligence

Example Sentences

  • “This time, we are not dealing with a rasha (an evil person) but a person who lacks sechel” (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=36231)
  • "She should use her saykhel for such an important decision."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb שכל sékhel, Yiddish שׂכל séykhl

Who Uses This

Religious

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Rosten, Yiddish, JPS, Glinert, Weiser

Notes

This word originally stems from Hebrew but is more closely associated with Yiddish discourse.

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