n. "A prolonged procedure, and involved business, a mix-up" (Rosten).
n. "A sweet, baked dish of vegetables or fruit. Carrot tzimmes, a popular version, includes carrots, sweet potatoes, dried apricots, raisins, sugar, and cinnamon" (JPS).
n. "Troubles, difficulties, a contretemps" (Rosten).
"The last time I had tzimmes was on Rosh Hashanah."
"I put sweet potatoes, carrots, and prunes in my tzimmes, with lots of honey."
"Don't make a whole tsimes out of it." (Rosten)
"Skip the fuss. Leave the tsimes to us." (Rosten)
Languages of Origin
צימעס tsimes 'baked, sweet stew'
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- 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).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
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"A Yiddish contraction of tsum esn 'to eat'" (Rosten).
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