Sitzfleisch

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Sitzfleisch.

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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).

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Noun[edit]

Sitzfleisch n (genitive Sitzfleisches or Sitzfleischs, no plural)

  1. (colloquial) buttocks
    Synonyms: Gesäß
  2. (colloquial, by extension) ability to sit still, Sitzfleisch
    Diese Tätigkeit erfordert sehr viel Sitzfleisch.
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