Even among Jews who exchanged Yiddish for English generations ago, certain Yiddish words have remained—notably the Yiddish names for body parts used with small children. Below are the basic terms you need to know to sound like an authentic Yiddishe Mama (or Papa). Like in English, when addressing small children, Yiddish speakers often modify terms to a diminutive form. For your convenience, we’ll include them as well. You will also find the plural form for any limbs that people have two (or more) of.

Singular: kop קאפ

Dimunitive: kepeleh קעפעלע


Singular: ponim פנים

Dimunitive: penimel פנימ'ל


Singular: oyg אויג

Plural: oygen אויגן

Diminutive: oygeleh אויגעלע

Plural diminutive: oygelakh אויגעלאך


Moyl מויל


Singular: noz נאז

Diminutive: nezeleh נעזעלע


Singular: oyer (alt: ever) אויער

Plural: oyeren (alt: everen) אויערן

Diminutive: oyerel (alt: everel) אויערל

Plural diminutive: oyerlakh (alt: everlakh) אויערלאך


Singular: bak באק

Plural: baken באקן

Diminutive: bekeleh בעקעלע

Plural diminutive: bekelakh בעקעלאך

Hand (or Arm)

Singular: hant האנט

Plural: hent הענט

Diminutive: henteleh הענטעלע

Plural diminutive: hentelakh הענטעלאך

Singular: Foos פוס

Plural: Fees פיס

Diminutive: Feeseleh פיסעלע

Plural diminutive: Feeselakh פיסעלאך


Singular: Boykh בויך

Diminutive: Bykheleh בייכעלע

Singular: Pupik פופיק

Diminutive: Pupikel פופיקל


Singular: Knee (yes, you pronounce the k) קני

Plural: Knee-en קניען

Diminutive: Knee-eleh קניעלע

Plural diminutive: Knee-elakh קניעלאך


Singular: Hor האר

Diminutive: Horeleh הארעלע

Plural diminutive: Horelakh הארעלאך


Shtern שטערן


Bord בארד