shpitz

Alternative Spellings

schpitz, shpits, shpitzy, shpitsy

Definitions

  • top or extreme part
  • the ultimate, the best of, "cool"
  • typical, classic, a perfect example of; definitively

Example Sentences

  • -Shpitz Shmulley to buy that! -That tie is so shpitz you! -Shpiiitz!!
  • A Ferrari is the shpitz sports car.
  • He is the schpitz of assimilation...

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

שפּיץ shpits 'tip, peak'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger

Dictionaries

Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

Steinmetz, "Yiddish and English" has an entry for shpits, but the meaning is simply 'tip.'

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