Speaking the language: Hebrew, the naughty words

OK, so you might have got an idea of what to say when you first start speaking Hebrew, but we all know that it’s the juicy profanities we like to get our tongues round when learning a new language. So here it is, a quick guide to swearing your ass off when in the Holy Land. Swearing in Hebrew, a true Holy Land experience, oh yes!

Actually, the best swearing in Hebrew when in Israel is done in English or Arabic. You’ll always hear the words “Fuck” and “Shit” thrown into a sentence, and yes, there’s no need to translate. To show your true worth, swearing in Arabic is the way to go…just make sure you don’t use the Arabic profanities next to an Arab, because they take them to heart. Trust me.

In the list below, words/expressions in Arabic are prefixed with a #. Please note: the coughing up something nasty sound is usually made when you spot the “ch” sound in the list below. For example, chara (shit) should be pronounced cccchhhhhara. Enjoy!

  • zonna – whore, bitch
  • #gachba – whore
  • ben-zonna – son of a bitch
  • bat-zonna – daughter of a whore
  • kelba – bitch
  • #shar-moota – slutty slut
  • chara – shit
  • zoobie – fuck it
  • manyak – bastard
  • miz-day-en – fucker
  • meh-toom-tam – stupid
  • tim-toom – stupidity
  • lech tiz-day-en – fuck off (to a male)
  • lechie tiz-day-nee – fuck off (to a female)
  • tistom-tah-peh – shut the fuck up (to a male)
  • tistamee-tah-peh – shut the fuck up (to a female)
  • tachat – ass
  • zine – dick
  • zine be-ayn – a dick in your eye (refusal to do something)
  • koos – pussy
  • #manoosh – pussy
  • nod – fart
  • #koos-EM-ek – your mother’s pussy
  • #koos-em-em-em-em-em-EM-ek – your mo-mo-mo-mo-mother’s pussy (used to really exaggerate your anger, with stress on the last EM)
  • hapess me sheh ya-enay-otcha – go find someone to jerk you off
  • be-tachat-shelcha – up your ass
  • zine beh-sechel – you’re fucking my brain

For more advanced lessons in the art of swearing your ass off in the Holy Land, please contact us here at igoogledisrael.com. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in all my years here, it’s how to swear in Hebrew/Arabic.


  1. Maya Norton

    April 6, 2009 at 9:42 am


    I just read off the whole list of these to my husband, a native speaker. It was fun, but I didn’t feel emotionally attached to them as it wasn’t my language.

    He says “manoosh” is old slang.

    ~ Maya

    The New Jew: Blogging Jewish Philanthropy

  2. Ashley

    April 6, 2009 at 12:52 pm


    Time to get emotionally attached and then you’ll be swearing like a trooper!

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  5. k

    November 28, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Swearing in Hebrew isn’t a taboo like swearing in English (i.e. in North America)..so a lot of the words on that list aren’t really “bad words”. By the way, “tistom/tistemi tapeh”= shut your mouth

  6. Lindsey

    March 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Any idea what this might say? My roommate is from Jerusalem and he drew it in the dust on my bedroom window. Looks angry and I’m creeped out.


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  8. xapo

    July 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Allot of the words mean something totally different now.Fuck You is 2 different words.They’ll need to be translated from old english to Hebrew and then to new (dumb ass) English.

  9. Vanessa Refaeli

    April 20, 2015 at 12:33 am

    lol I just love being Israeli!

  10. Chaz

    May 11, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Male to (Hebrew teacher) female – How would you translate: “I’d love to go down on you”.
    Please translate phonetically – only learned ivrit up to barmitzvah, so have trouble reading without the vowels (I could JUST manage that at 13) but its a looooong time since.

    • Eddie

      September 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      You’d say it “Hazayin sheli meod katan

      • username unavailable

        April 4, 2017 at 5:36 am

        it translates to “my dick is very small”. i am dying of laughter.

  11. Avraham Davis

    January 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Eddie’s hilarious: He wrote: My penis is very small.

    The list is too long.

    Stick to Ben Zona, Bat Zona, Sharmuta. Lach L’azazel or go to hell is decent, not too rough. Chateechat Chara or piece of shit is good. The rest except Lach Tizdayen are not swear words except perhaps Btachat Shelcha (in your ass)so don’t use. You’ll look like a rookie.

    But: Say all with a smile and to a friend or, even more so than in English, be prepared for a fight. Israelis don’t take alot of Chara.

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