Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full-bosomed.
  • adj. Having a full, shapely figure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a woman, having a plump and sexually attractive figure; voluptuous, well-proportioned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of a female body) healthily plump and vigorous

Etymologies

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)
From Yiddish זאַפֿטיק (zaftik), cognate to German saftig ("juicy"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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."

    Leslie Goldman: Oy, You Should Eat!

  • (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.")

    Paul Feig: In Praise of ... Dove???

  • Grandpa Izzy says that Margaret is zaftig, which is Yiddish for pleasingly plump.

    The View from Saturday

  • Amber has us LOL'n with her take on the "zaftig" Alexandra...

    Early Recaps

  • Which means that no size 4 girl is going to be called "zaftig" by Heidi Klum!

    Thanks To My Readers

  • While I'm not in favor of euphemisms (My favorite is "zaftig", by far), "heavy" and "big" are accurate terms.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • The "zaftig" Daisy Rock Zebra Butterfly Jumbo is as graceful and beautiful a guitar as Daisy Rock has ever produced.

    Gearwire -

  • 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.

    Tony Sachs: Hey Fans! Iiiiiiiit's the Fake Michael Kay On Twitter! Who But!

  • It's that she's been taught to hate herself at 160 pounds, and to describe herself as "zaftig" at 140 (a BMI of

    feminist blogs

  • 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.

    Bill Bush: The Haze of Memory: This Artweek.LA (September 19-26)

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