Word of the Day : October 18, 2021
What It Means
Zaftig means “having a full, rounded figure.”
// Portraits of zaftig models are exhibited in the artist’s collection.
“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.”