shpritz

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • v., n. Spray; squirt.

  • n. Soda drink.

Example Sentences

  • He would shpritz the plants with water every morning before going to work.

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • שפּריץ shprits 'a spurt, squirt; a shower'; שפּריצן shpritsn 'to splash, sprinkle'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      schpritz, shprits, schprits, spritz, sprits

Notes

  • became part of general American English in the early 20th century, perhaps from Yiddish or from German

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