boychick

Alternative Spellings

boytshik, boychek

Definitions

  • "A young boy...equivalent of the American expression 'buddy'" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Sammy, our boychick, such a good litle boy!"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish, English

Etymology

English boy, Yiddish diminutive ending טשיק- -tshik

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Notes

Also commonly used in its diminutive form: boychekal, boychickel, boychickl, boychikl

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