zaftig

adjective
zaf·​tig | \ ˈzäf-tig How to pronounce zaftig (audio) , ˈzȯf- How to pronounce zaftig (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈzȯf-​tig How to pronounce zaftig (audio) \

Definition of zaftig

of a woman
: having a full rounded figure : pleasingly plump

Zaftig Has Yiddish Origins

Zaftig is one of a number of Yiddish-derived words that entered the English language during the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. It comes from Yiddish zaftik, which means "juicy" or "succulent" and itself derives from zaft, meaning "juice" or "sap."

Examples of zaftig in a Sentence

The actress playing the lead role was a zaftig blonde.

First Known Use of zaftig

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zaftig

Yiddish zaftik juicy, succulent, from zaft juice, sap, from Middle High German saf, saft, from Old High German saf — more at sap

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“Zaftig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zaftig. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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