behema

Alternative Spellings

beheima, beheyma, beheyme

Definitions

  • a boor, an uncouth, unmannered individual
  • an animal, especially a large one

Example Sentences

  • "I'm shvitzing like a beheyme!"
  • "Stop being such a behema!"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb בהמה behemá, Yiddish בהמה behéyme 'large domesticated animal; fool, boor'

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

In some Yiddish dialects, beheyme is the neutral word for a cow (compared with קו ku in other dialects).

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