shtark

Pronunciations

shtark (SHTARK)

Definitions

  • Adj. Religiously intense.

  • 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?" (source)

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).

      Alternative Spellings

      schtark

Notes

  • Generally used in reference to someone more religious than the speaker.

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