noun sitz·mark \ˈsits-ˌmärk, ˈzits-\

Definition of sitzmark

  1. :  a depression left in the snow by a skier falling backward

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On the slopes, do you zip down the mountain leaving other skiers in your wake? Or are you more likely to leave a trail of sitzmarks behind you? If the latter is true, you may want to give your backside a break and plop down into a comfy chair in the ski lodge instead of plunking back onto the snow. Either way, you'll find yourself sitting on your derriere, a fact you can use to remember "sitzmark." It is most likely a creation made in English from the German verb sitzen, meaning "to sit," plus the English noun mark, as in "impression."

Origin and Etymology of sitzmark

probably from German sitzen to sit + English 1mark (impression)

First Known Use: 1935

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to cast off or become cast off

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