- a strong, stout fellow
- big shot, an arrogant person
- "It's high time for a Jewish innovations catalog, and I have just the one: 'The Shtarker Image.'" (thejewishweek.com)
- "Former Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato of New York learned his lesson during his 1998 re-election campaign when he tried to be a shtarker, a big shot, before a Jewish audience." (https://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/22/weekinreview/the-oys-of-yiddish-ignore-at-your-peril.html)
Languages of Origin
- שטאַרק shtark 'strong,' declined for masculine, שטאַרקער shtarker
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- 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).
- Usually used in a negative manner.
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