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Thursday, May 31, 2012

haimish

\HEY-mish\ , adjective;
1.
Homey; cozy and unpretentious.
Quotes:
Now separated from Gisela Liner's home cooking and haimish evenings playing living-room soccer with Kisch, Billie consoled himself by going to the finest spots in Berlin.
-- Ed Sikov, On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder
By late afternoon the house looked at least haimish, with the season's last roses cut and opening in jelly jars.
-- Sally Koslow, With Friends Like These
There were other homey touches: a mizrakh plaque on the eastern wall, a silver menorah and a sewing kit containing a color wheel of spools on the sideboard—all made the more haimish by the savory aromas wafting in through the kitchen door.
-- Steve Stern, The Frozen Rabbi
Origin:
Haimish stems from the Yiddish word of the same spelling, which comes from the German word heimisc that literally means "pertaining to the home."
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