zaftig

Alternative Spellings

zoftik, zoftig, zaftik, zaftic

Definitions

  • pleasantly plump, buxom, lit. "juicy"

Example Sentences

  • "Ezra's aunt looked exactly as he had described her: clever, gentle, zaftik."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

זאַפֿטיק zaftik 'juicy'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

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