pritse

Alternative Spellings

pritsa, pritze, pritza

Definitions

  • an immodest woman

Example Sentences

  • "Some people would say that a married woman who doesn't cover her hair is a pritse."
  • "it is horrific for grown men to chant pritsa and shiksa to these girls" (http://voicesoflss.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/the-curse-of-violent-extremism-from-the-10th-of-tevet-to-bet-shemesh/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

from פּריצה pritse, פּריצטע pritste 'landowner's wife'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

Original meaning: a fine lady. Now it is generally used derogatorily to suggest that she thinks of herself as a "fine lady" but she really isn't. The male equivalent in Yiddish is poritz / porits (פּריץ porets, a gentleman, nobleman).

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