v. To gobble up food; to gorge oneself. "To eat quickly or noisily, like an animal." (JPS)
"Their Superbowl catering package is called 'Fress Like A Fullback'."
Languages of Origin
פֿרעסן fresn 'to eat voraciously' (verbal stem is פֿרעס fres)
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Who Uses This
Can also have a positive connotation: 'to eat with pleasure'.
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