• n. Feat, stunt, trick, challenge, ingenuity.

  • n. Strategy.

  • n. Peculiarity, particular oddness.

Example Sentences

  • "So he can juggle. What's the kuntz? Anyone can."

  • "The Magician said 'Kinderlach, I have vun more kuntz!'"

  • "What’s the kuntz in drinking different color poweraid from winded bottles or marshmallow fluff from toothpaste tube." (source)

  • "The kuntz to winning this game is to protect pieces before going on the offensive." (Weiser)

  • "He stayed indoors when everyone else took a walk on this beautiful day. He has his own kuntz going." (JPS)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קונץ kunts 'trick, stunt, feat'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings


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