shpritz

Alternative Spellings

schpritz, shprits, schprits, spritz, sprits

Definitions

  • (n., v.) spray; squirt
  • 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

Dictionaries

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

Notes

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

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