shver

Alternative Spellings

schver

Definitions

  • 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)

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).

Notes

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

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