- literally 'to walk, take a stroll'; figuratively 'to delay, tarry, procrastinate'
- "Well, they might come for Thanksgiving if I invite them now; but since I've shpartzired around so much, they might already have plans at this point." (62-year-old woman)
Languages of Origin
- שפּאַצירן shpatsírn (verbal stem is שפּאַציר shpatsír)
- 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).
Who Uses This
- May also be used in its Yiddish verb form: shpatsirn / shpatzieren
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