vilde chaye

Alternative Spellings

vilda chaya, vilde khaye, vilde chaya

Definitions

  • a rambunctious or wild person [lit. 'wild animal']

Example Sentences

  • "I know, Manny's a vilde chaye."(40-something American Jewish woman living in New York, referring to 4-year-old nephew tearing around the room); "We have to have things to do for the vilde chaya kids!" (an educator, in a discussion about activities during the Purim carnival)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

װילדע חיה vilde khaye 'wild beast'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

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