paskudnyak

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish פּאַסקודניאַק(paskudnyak), traceable to Polish and Ukrainian.

Noun[edit]

paskudnyak (plural paskudnyaks)

  1. (derogatory) A nasty or contemptible person.
  2. (affectionate) A young rascal; a boy who makes mischief.

References[edit]

  • Leo Rosten, The Joys of Yiddish; applied to "a man or woman."