shayna punim

Alternative Spellings

sheyner ponim, sheyna punim, shayna punim, sheyne ponim

Definitions

  • pretty face

Example Sentences

  • Rivki is such a sheyna punim."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

שײנע פּנים sheyne ponem (Standard Yiddish שײן פּנים sheyn ponem, because the grammatical gender of ponem is neuter)

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Notes

Can also be used ironically to mean "a disgrace"

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