shpilkes

Alternative Spellings

schpilkes, shpielkes

Definitions

  • nervous energy, restlessness. Lit. 'pins'

Example Sentences

  • "Sit still!", said Gwen. "I can't, I've got the shpilkes," responded Marti.

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

שפּילקע shpilke 'pin', plural שפּילקעס shpilkes

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

Pronounced SHPEEL-kuhs, SHPEEL-kiss, or SHPEEL-keys. Made famous within English by Mike Myers in the Saturday Night Live skit "Coffee Talk."

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