Definitions

  • v. 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
      • Great Britain

      Dictionaries

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

      Alternative Spellings

      shpatsir, shpartzir

Notes

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

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