zaftig was our Word of the Day on 03/04/2016. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of zaftig in a Sentence
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."
ZAFTIG Defined for English Language Learners
Learn More about zaftig
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up zaftig? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).