Word of the Day – Zaftig

Word of the Day : October 18, 2021


adjective ZAHF-tig

What It Means

Zaftig means “having a full, rounded figure.”

// Portraits of zaftig models are exhibited in the artist’s collection.

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“The photography exhibition revels in depictions of Coney Island, including Lisette Model’s widely-reproduced 1939-40 portrait of a zaftig woman  … laughing as waves lap at her feet….” — Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 29 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

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.”