American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Full-bosomed.
- adj. Having a full, shapely figure.
- adj. US, colloquial Of a woman, having a plump and sexually attractive figure; voluptuous, well-proportioned.
- adj. (of a female body) healthily plump and vigorous
- From Yiddish זאַפֿטיק (zaftik), cognate to German saftig ("juicy"). (Wiktionary)
- Yiddish zaftik, juicy, from Middle High German saftec, from saft, juice, from Old High German saf. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In my opinion, Jewish women are the authority on this body image stuff -- Jews invented the word zaftig and live lives peppered with proverbs like "Worries go down better with soup" and the ever-uplifting, "Eat and drink for tomorrow you may die.”
“(The surest way to end a pitch meeting in LA is to tell them you want the lead female character to be a little "zaftig" - the look you get from the development executives is usually somewhere between "I'm sorry, I couldn't have just hear you correctly" and "Oh, I didn't realize you smoked crack.")”
“Grandpa Izzy says that Margaret is zaftig, which is Yiddish for pleasingly plump.”
“Amber has us LOL'n with her take on the "zaftig" Alexandra...”
“Which means that no size 4 girl is going to be called "zaftig" by Heidi Klum!”
“While I'm not in favor of euphemisms (My favorite is "zaftig", by far), "heavy" and "big" are accurate terms.”
“The "zaftig" Daisy Rock Zebra Butterfly Jumbo is as graceful and beautiful a guitar as Daisy Rock has ever produced.”
“SEE YA! "or did things like mentioning a pitcher's" zaftig "ERA (which he really did on at least one occasion), I began to look forward to hearing his Kay-isms every night.”
“It's that she's been taught to hate herself at 160 pounds, and to describe herself as "zaftig" at 140 (a BMI of”
“Keen attention is paid to organic features, from the topography of an aging woman's wrinkles, to the soft flesh of a zaftig figure on her bed, or the delicate layer of snow on an apple tree.”
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Words for the diehard intermediate and advanced spellers
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Words I'd like to see enter common usage.
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Words taken from Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
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