- difficult, onerous, complex
- That's going to be shver.
Languages of Origin
שװער shver 'difficult; heavy'
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
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).
שװער shver is coincidentally also the Yiddish word for a father-in-law (cf. שװיגער shviger 'mother-in-law')
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