The Closing Word: Haimish

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:

Also: heimish, heimisch

Pronounced: (HAY-mish) or (HIGH-mish)

Homely; unpretentious; having qualities associated with a homelike atmosphere; simple, warm, relaxed, cozy, etc.

Synonyms: cozy, simple, homelike

From ”From Yiddish heymish (domestic), from Old High German heim (home). Ultimately from the Indo-European root tkei- (to settle or dwell), which also gave us home, haunt, hangar, site, situate, and hamlet.”

“It wasn’t the newest home on the block, but it was clean and well-maintained and had a pleasantly haimish feel.”


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