ידיד

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Apparently from יָד (yad, hand); literally, perhaps conveying the notion of being hand in hand.

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Noun[edit]

יָדִיד (yadídm (plural indefinite יְדִידִים, singular construct יְדִיד־, plural construct יְדִידֵי־, feminine counterpart יְדִידָה) [pattern: קָטִיל]

  1. A (male) platonic friend.

Usage notes[edit]

  • While the synonym חָבֵר (khavér) is more common in Modern Hebrew, it is ambiguous between a platonic friend and a romantic one; יָדִיד may therefore be used to avoid this ambiguity, though the question חבר חבר או רק חבר? (khaver khaver o rak khaver?, boyfriend-friend or just friend?) is also used.

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