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how to say “fighter” in Hebrew

Wed | Jun 13

how to say “fighter” in Hebrew

לוֹחֵם

Hebrew’s word for warrior or fighter is לוחם
when referring to a male and לוחמת
when referring to a female. Israelis use the term to distinguish combat soldiers from non-combat soldiers, whom they call (not always with admiration) jobniks:

הוא היה בצבא לוחם או ג’ובניק?

In the army, was he a fighter or a jobnik?

You might also hear the term לוחם קרבי
combat fighter or simply קרבי
.

You may have noticed that the root of לוחם is the same as the word for bread – לחם
. That’s because war – מלחמה
– was seen in biblical times as an act of eating one’s enemy. לחם, in Biblical Hebrew, means food in the general sense.

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