shpatzir

Alternative Spellings

shpatsir, shpartzir

Definitions

  • literally 'to walk, take a stroll'; figuratively 'to delay, tarry, procrastinate'

Example Sentences

  • "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

Yiddish

Etymology

שפּאַצירן shpatsírn (verbal stem is שפּאַציר shpatsír)

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

May also be used in its Yiddish verb form: shpatsirn / shpatzieren

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