Gay Dictionary Yiddish
How to say gay in Yiddish
Below is the word of our Yiddish Gay Dictionary that we will expand in new editions. If you know any more, please, contact us. But first some information about the language and where it is spoken.
Yiddish is a Indo-European language that developed, from German language, in central and eastern Europe. Getting to be spoken by thirteen million Jews, today the number of speakers is estimated at three million.
Highlights of this Gay Dictionary the word feygele, because some think it is the origin of the word faggot for phonetic similarity.
The Yiddish word feygele (פֿייגעלע) is the diminutive of foygl (פֿויגל) which in turn comes from the word fogal, from the ancient German, meaning bird. The meaning of little bird is not widely used today but is used to refer disparagingly to a man who is or could be gay, having also the meaning of a little girl. Differing but related meanings since both the diminutive and the youth as well as feminization limit or reduce the manhood.
Variations: faygelah, faygele, faygeleh, fegele, fegeleh, feygeleh.