tsorris (TSOH-rihs) listen


  • n. "Troubles, woes, worries, suffering." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "This project has been nothing but tsorris."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb צרות tsarót, Yiddish tsóres (plural of צרה tsará/tsóre)

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      tzoraas, tsarot, tsuriss, tsuris, tsures, tzores


  • This word originally stems from Hebrew, but is more closely associated with Yiddish discourse.

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