• n. "Appetizers." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "I don't want to want to tell the whole story, but I'll give you a little forshpayz, as my husband used to say." (a widow, telling the HUC community about how her husband received the Yanov torah)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • פֿאָרשפּײַז

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


      • North America
      • Great Britain


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      fershpice, forshpayz


  • Stress on first syllable.

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