Definition of zaftig
of a woman
: having a full rounded figure : pleasingly plump
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Examples of zaftig in a sentence
The actress playing the lead role was a zaftig blonde.
Did You Know?
Over the centuries, some women have been approvingly described as full-figured, shapely, womanly, curvy, curvaceous, voluptuous, and statuesque. Such women 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, 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."
Origin and Etymology 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: 1926
ZAFTIG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of zaftig for English Language Learners
of a woman : slightly fat in an attractive way : having a full, rounded figure
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