15 Hebrew Words That Have Weird Double Meanings

15 Hebrew Words That Have Weird Double Meanings2019-07-07T14:29:42+00:00

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Hebrew is an ancient language, which means many words have multiple meanings.

 

1. כִּיכָּר

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Transliteration: kee-kar

Meanings: roundabout, loaf of bread, square (place)

 

2. לְפַצֵּחַ

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Transliteration: leh-fah-tzeh-ahch

Meanings: to crack open, to find mutual friends (slang)

 

3. הוֹרֵס / הוֹרֶסֶת

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Transliteration: hoh-res (m), hoh-res-et (f)

Meanings: destroys, someone or something wonderful/terrific/great (slang)

 

4. מִבְצָע

 

Transliteration: meev-tzah

Meanings: military operation, sale

 

5. לְבַקֵּר

 

Transliteration: leh-vah-ker

Meanings: to visit, to critique

 

6. תּוֹתָח / תּוֹתָחִית

 

Transliteration: toh-tahch (m), toh-tah-cheet (f)

Meanings: canon, someone or something outstanding (slang)

 

7. לְהַזְמִין

 

Transliteration: leh-hahz-meen

Meanings: to order, to invite

 

8. כַּדּוּר

 

Transliteration: kah-door

Meanings: ball, pill, scoop of ice cream, bullet

 

9. שָׁוֶוה / שָׁוָוה

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Transliteration: shah-veh (m), shah-vah (f)

Meanings: equal, deserving/worthy (slang)

 

10. לְסַפֵּר

 

Transliteration: leh-sah-per

Meanings: to tell, to cut hair

 

11. לִשְׁאֹוף

 

Transliteration: leesh-ohf

Meanings: to aspire, to inhale

 

12. לְקַשְׁקֵשׁ

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Transliteration: leh-kahsh-kesh

Meanings: to scramble, to gossip/babble

 

13. לַחְפֹּור

 

Transliteration: lahch-for

Meanings: to dig, to talk too much about something (slang)

 

14. הָפוּךְ

 

Transliteration: hah-fooch

Meanings: opposite/reversed, cappuccino

 

15. לָמוּת

 

Transliteration: lah-moot

Meanings: to die, to be crazy about someone or something