web analytics
November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
At a Glance
Sponsored Post

How to Say ‘Heartbreaker’ in Hebrew


 שׁוֹבֵר לְבָבוֹת, שׁוֹבֶרֶת לְבָבוֹת There are heartbreakers, and there’s everybody else. Sometimes there’s crossover.

The Hebrew term for heartbreaker when referring to a male is שׁוֹבֵר לְבָבוֹת (listen and repeat). Referring to a female, it’s שׁוֹבֶרֶת לְבָבוֹת (listen and repeat).

שובר (listen and repeat) and שוברת (listen and repeat) come from the active-simple פָּעַל verb, לִשְׁבּוֹר (listen and repeat) – to break.

לבבות (listen and repeat) is the plural of the word for heart – לֵב (listen and repeat).

You may have noticed that לבבות has one ב (b) more than the word לב. That’s because the root of לב is actually ל.ב.ב (l.b.b), but the second ב usually falls off when not followed by another letter. The ב nevertheless appears in certain expressions such as רַךְ לֵבָב  (listen and repeat) – soft-hearted and בַּר לֵבָב (listen and repeat) – upright (literally, one of heart). And when לב has a possessive suffix, the ב is accentuated, “compensating” for the missing extra ב, in words such as לִבִּי (listen and repeat) – my heart, לִבּוֹ (listen and repeat) – his heart, etc.

Heartbreak is שִׁבְרוֹן לֵב (listen and repeat). And to break the (someone’s) heart is לִשְׁבּוֹר אֶת הַלֵּב (listen and repeat).

For example:

לְמִי שָׁבַרְתְּ אֶת הַלֵּב? Whose heart have you (a female) broken? repeat


לְמִי שָׁבַרְתָּ אֶת הַלֵּב? Whose heart did you (a male) break?


Visit Ktzat Ivrit .

About the Author: Ami Steinberger is founder and director of Ulpan La-Inyan.

The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.

If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “How to Say ‘Heartbreaker’ in Hebrew”

Comments are closed.

Kitzat Ivrit Logo
Current Top Story
"Relax, it's just an ugly reality,"  writes former adviser to the Palestinian Authority.
Ex-Adviser to Palestinian Authority says ‘Accept ISIS as Ugly Reality’

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/ktzat-ivrit/how-to-say-heartbreaker-in-hebrew/2013/06/11/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: