Sitzfleisch

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Sitzfleisch, from sitzen (to sit) + Fleisch (flesh).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Sitzfleisch (uncountable)

  1. The ability to endure or carry on with an activity.
    • 1947, Frank Vigor Morley, "My One Contribution to Chess", Chess Notes, Faber & Faber (1947):
      Sitzfleisch: a term used in chess to indicate winning by use of the glutei muscles--the habit of remaining stolid in one's seat hour by hour, making moves that are sound but uninspired, until one's opponent blunders through boredom.
    • 2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason, Penguin (2004), page 203,
      He never dallied with the image, beloved of the Renaissance, of the lean and shrunk-shanked scholar, possessed of infinite Sitzfleisch and inured to pain.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From sitzen ‘to sit’ + Fleisch ‘flesh’.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈzɪt͡sflaɪʃ/

Noun[edit]

Sitzfleisch n

  1. ability to sit still, Sitzfleisch