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Borrowed from Yiddish ברוגז(broyges), from Hebrew ברוגז \ בְּרֹגֶז(literally in anger, with anger).



broyges (comparative more broyges, superlative most broyges)

  1. (chiefly Jewish) Angry or resentful.
    • 2009, David Minkoff, Oy Vey: More!: The Ultimate Book of Jewish Jokes, Macmillan, →ISBN, page 135:
      'My sister Rachel is almost impossible to deal with,' replies Becky. 'When she's broyges, she stays broyges, no matter what.
    • 2010, Howard Jacobson, The Mighty Walzer, →ISBN, page 155:
      'I want to spend as little time as possible alone with my mother,' he told me. 'She's going to be a bit broyges with me, and a bit upset.'
    • 2015, Charles Lewinsky, Melnitz, →ISBN:
      ...shtetl, where there are three different prayer rooms and each one has a different minhag, and each one is broyges with all the others, and even if Khmelnitzky in person came riding in with his Cossacks, they would all go on arguing, instead of pulling together and defending themselves.
    • 2016, Frederick Luis Aldama, The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Popular Culture, →ISBN:
      This whole scheem gets me broyges. When I hear these mavens and lutfmenschen kvetching about our national language, what chutzpah!



  1. (chiefly Jewish) A falling out or feud.
    • 2010, Joseph Berger, “How to Say Theater in Yiddish? Two Ways”, in The New York Times:
      Such amity is no small thing. The narrowing world of Yiddish theater has been bedeviled with one “broyges” — a cherished term for a falling out — after another
    • 2011, Phineas Mollod; Jason Tesauro, The Modern Gentleman, 2nd Edition: A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy, and Vice, Ten Speed Press, →ISBN, page 287:
      [] is unaware that Eli is in broyges with Peggy.
    • 2016, Paul Goldberg, The Yid: A Novel, →ISBN, page 138:
      Many stories were told about the Levinson-Mikhoels broyges (rivalry).