zets

Alternative Spellings

zetz

Definitions

  • "A punch, a strong blow; a setback" (JPS)
  • "A strong blow or punch" (Rosten)
  • "punch; bump; slam" (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • "He gave me a zets I'll never forget!" (Rosten)
  • "Breaking her hip was a zetz she didn't need." (JPS)
  • "Don't make me give you a zetz!" (https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Zetz)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

זעטס zets 'punch, blow'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

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)

Notes

"Old-fashioned usage" (JPS).

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