Alternative Spellings

tzoraas, tsarot, tsuriss, tsuris, tsures, tzores


  • "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


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).


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

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