zaftig

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Etymology[edit]

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

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zaftig (comparative more zaftig, superlative most zaftig)

  1. (US, colloquial) Of a woman, having a plump and sexually attractive figure; voluptuous, well-proportioned; large.
    • 1980, Washington Journalism Review, Volume 2,
      Sportcasters are drawn from three different talent pools. Some are professional media people, others are ex-coaches and the most zaftig lot are ex-players.
    • 1996, Gay Morris, 9: "Styles of the Flesh": Gender in the Dances of Mark Morris, Gay Morris (editor), Moving Words: Re-Writing Dance, page 152,
      Mrs Stahlbaum, a much more zaftig figure than the Housekeeper, wears a strawberry blonde wig with bangs, her hair tied back in a bun.
    • 2000 January 22, “D.C. 90210”[1], Time: 
      1995 Clinton has his first sexual encounter with zaftig intern Lewinsky.
    • 2011, Marlene Zuk, Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love, and Language from the Insect World, page 156,
      And being fatter at the outset meant you had more to offer; scrawnier mothers were consumed sooner than their more zaftig counterparts, which then meant that the young spiders were less likely to turn from their parent to an arguably even more unsavory occupation: eating each other.

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