Origin of YiddishYiddish yidish, for German jüdisch-(deutsch), Jewish-(German) ; from jüdisch, Jewish ; from Jude, a Jew ; from Classical Latin Judaeus: see Jew
Origin of YiddishYiddish yidish, Jewish, Yiddish, from Middle High German j&udie;disch, Jewish, from jude, j&udie;de, Jew, from Old High German judo, from Latin Iūdaeus; see Jew.
(comparative more Yiddish, superlative most Yiddish)
- Of or pertaining to the Yiddish language.
- (informal) Jewish.
- A West Germanic language that developed from Middle High German dialects, with an admixture of vocabulary from multiple source languages including Hebrew-Aramaic, Romance, Slavic, English, etc., and written in Hebrew characters which is used mainly among Ashkenazic Jews from central and eastern Europe.
Yiddish ייִדיש, from Yidish Daytsh, from Middle High German jüdisch diutsch (“Jewish German”), cognate with German jüdisch (“Jewish”).
Since Jewish Germans (Yiddish) had to exist before a Yiddish language could be created, the term is probably Middle High German, rather than Yiddish.