• n. A nuisance, pest.

  • n. (literally or figuratively) A parasite.

Example Sentences

  • “He has a tsutshepenish that is driving everyone else crazy.” (NJY)

  • “She turned into a tsutshepenish I never expected.” (NJY)

  • "This tsutshepenish you have for nail biting is terrible for your health. After you’re old enough to stop sucking your thumb, your fingers shouldn’t go anywhere near your mouth." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • צוטשעפּעניש tsutshepenish

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      tsutsheppenish, tzutsheppenish, tzutshepenish, tsutchepenish, tsutcheppenish, tzutcheppenish, tzutchepenish, tzuchepenish, tzucheppenish, tsucheppenish, tsuchepenish

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