Simple Definition of zaftig
of a woman : slightly fat in an attractive way : having a full, rounded figure
Full Definition of zaftig
of a woman
: having a full rounded figure : pleasingly plump
Examples of zaftig in a sentence
The actress playing the lead role was a zaftig blonde.
Did You Know?
Real women have curves, as a 2002 movie title proclaimed. They are pleasingly plump, full-figured, shapely, womanly, curvy, curvaceous, voluptuous, statuesque. They are, in a word, zaftig. "Zaftig" has been juicing up our language since the 1930s (the same decade that gave us Yiddish-derived "futz," "hoo-ha," "nosh," and "schmaltz," not to mention "lox"). It comes from the Yiddish "zaftik," which means "juicy" or "succulent" and which in turn derives from zaft, meaning "juice" or "sap."
Variants of zaftig
Origin of zaftig
Yiddish zaftik juicy, succulent, from zaft juice, sap, from Middle High German saf, saft, from Old High German saf — more at sap
First Known Use: circa 1936
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