shtark

Alternative Spellings

schtark

Definitions

  • Adj: religiously intense. Literally "strong," generally used in reference to someone more religious than the speaker
  • Verb: "shtark out" - to identify oneself closer to the Black Hat end of the Modern Orthodox to Black Hat continuum, in comparison to one's previous location on that continuum.

Example Sentences

  • "Mike went to Israel and got really shtark."
  • "Would it better or worse than if he shtarked out and became one of the crazies throwing stones at women in Mea SHearim?" (http://alta-b.blogspot.com/2009/09/otd-otded-otds.html)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

שטאַרק shtark 'strong'

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

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