farshtunkene (far-SHTUNK-in-eh) listen
farshtunken (far-SHTUNK-in)


  • adj. Stinking.

  • adj. Contemptible.

Example Sentences

  • "It doesn't work because it's a farshtunkene machine, that's why!"

  • “When I returned to my apartment, my sofa was gone, with a note from my mother, the chutzpahooder: ‘Mamala, I know on your farshtinkener salary all you can afford is vinyl, which you I think is a leading cause of cancer. So, for you daddy and I ordered the best futon from Target – in rainbow. Enjoy, darling.” (source)

  • “At a dinner party, a farshtinkener anti-Semite, recounting his trip to central Africa, said, 'It was wonderful. I didn’t run into a single pig or Jew.' A hush fell over the table. Then the voice of a Jewish guest was heard. 'What a pity. The two of us could have corrected that so easily.' 'Oh? How?' 'We could have gone there together.'" (NJY)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • פֿאַרשטונקען farshtunken 'stinking, rotting', past participle of פֿאַרשטינקען farshtinken 'to stink'

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • 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

      farshtinken, farshtunkene, farshtinkene, farshtinkener

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