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Verbs for wearing clothes in Hebrew

Hi! The tips section in "Clothes" says that in Hebrew there are separate words for wearing different pieces of clothing, like נעל for shoes or חבש for hats, but there is also a general verb for clothing - לבש. So I have two questions:

  1. Is לבש a generic word that can be used with any piece of clothing, e.g. אני לובש נעליים? Or are these specific words the only ones that can be used with certain pieces of clothing?

  2. Can the specific ones be used as intransitive verbs? As in אני נועל? Is it sufficient to say "I wear shoes" or do I always need a direct object?

Thanks in advance!

August 5, 2016


  1. "lavash" is not a generic word, you might be understood but this is not correct, therefore you cant say אני לובש נעליים or אני לובש כובע .
  2. you always need the direct object. without the direct object its not correct and in addition you can always wear boots for example. good question, if i was unclear you are more than invited to ask again (and correct spelling and grammar as well :P)


Thanks, that's all the information I needed!


I am having a problem with the many different words used in the clothing section for "WEAR" - is there an easy list that shows all the different forms and when they are properly used??

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