fress

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • v. 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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      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).

      Alternative Spellings

      fres

Notes

  • Can also have a positive connotation: 'to eat with pleasure'.

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