zaftig

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adjective zaf·tig \ˈzäf-tig, ˈzȯf-\
variants: or less commonly

play \ˈzȯf-tig\

Definition of zaftig

of a woman

  1. :  having a full rounded figure :  pleasingly plump

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Examples of zaftig in a Sentence

  1. The actress playing the lead role was a zaftig blonde.

zaftig Has Yiddish Origins

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


ZAFTIG Defined for English Language Learners

zaftig

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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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