Definitions

  • adj. Difficult, onerous, complex.

Example Sentences

  • That's going to be shver.

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • שװער shver 'difficult; heavy'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      schver

Notes

  • שװער shver is coincidentally also the Yiddish word for a father-in-law (cf. שװיגער shviger 'mother-in-law')

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