• n. A solution.

  • n. An excuse, pretext.

  • v. ('to give a terutz') To suggest.

  • n. A reply, response.

Example Sentences

  • “I have such a poshute terutz to your kashe that you'll be embarrassed you asked it.” (Weiser)

  • “I have to come up with a terutz for getting here so late.” (Weiser)

  • “He gave me a terutz that the yeshiva changed the curfew to improve safety standards.” (Weiser)

  • "When it comes to Divrei Torah and jokes, people have a strong urge to upend. 'Oh, I heard it better…'. 'I have a better Pshat', or twist your nose as the person gives you a Terutz." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic
  • Yiddish


  • A תירוץ > Y תּירוץ terets

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      teretz, teruts, terets, teirutz, teiruts, teyrutz, teyruts, tayruts, tayrutz


  • plural: 'terutzim'

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