tsu·​ris ˈtsü-ris How to pronounce tsuris (audio)
variants or less commonly tsouris or tsoris

Examples of tsuris in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But bringing his base onside would have further entangled Baker in the national tsuris over the identity of the Republican Party. Kevin Mahnken, The New Republic, 10 Dec. 2021 And yet for all the behind-the-scenes tsuris, HBO Max is actually doing pretty damn well. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 27 May 2021 The plummeting price of natural gas wasn’t worth this tsuris. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, 28 Jan. 2020 There’s a lot of tsuris all over the place over the fact that Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar will be putting on a show-pony debate next week on CNN with the Clueless Twins, Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, on the subject of healthcare. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 22 Sep. 2017 From time to time, this causes tsuris for the Orthodox, who prefer religious law, which is that Judaism is traced only through the mother’s side. Michael Powell, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2016

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Word History


Yiddish tsures, tsores, plural of tsure, tsore trouble, distress, from Hebrew ṣārāh

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tsuris was in 1901

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Cite this Entry

“Tsuris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tsuris. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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