Definition of Maskil in English:

Maskil

noun

Judaism
  • A progressive, reformist, or intellectual Jew; specifically a proponent of the Haskalah.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The New York Independent. From Hebrew maśkīl wise (in post-biblical Hebrew ‘an enlightened person’, title given to proponents of the Haskalah), participle of hiśkīl to understand from śāḵal to be prudent.

Pronunciation

Maskil

/ˈmaskɪl/