pritse

Definitions

  • n. 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" (source)

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).

      Alternative Spellings

      pritsa, pritze, pritza

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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