b'vakasha

Alternative Spellings

b'vakasha, bevakashah

Definitions

  • JPS: "Literally, 'please'. It can be used in various ways, including "please go ahead" and at the end of a sentence as 'you're welcome'."

Example Sentences

  • "If you want to hang out here after the lecture, b'vakasha."

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew

Etymology

בבקשה

Who Uses This

Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Notes

בקשה bakashá (in Yiddish bakóshe) means 'a request', prefix ב be- means 'in'

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