fress

Alternative Spellings

fres

Definitions

  • To gobble up food; to gorge oneself. "To eat quickly or noisily, like an animal" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Their Superbowl catering package is called 'Fress Like A Fullback'."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

פֿרעסן fresn 'to eat voraciously' (verbal stem is פֿרעס fres)

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).
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).

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