• n. "Punch; bump; slam." (Steinmetz)

  • n. "A strong blow or punch." (Rosten)

  • n. "A punch, a strong blow; a setback." (JPS)

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!" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • זעטס zets 'punch, blow'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings



  • "Old-fashioned usage" (JPS).

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