Origin of yiddish
- Yiddish yidish Jewish, Yiddish from Middle High German jüdisch Jewish from jude, jüde Jew from Old High German judo from Latin Iūdaeus Jew
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Yiddish ×™×™Ö´×“×™×©, from Yidish Daytsh, from Middle High German jÃ¼disch diutsch (“Jewish German"), cognate with German jÃ¼disch (“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.