zaftig

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

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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.
    Synonyms: buxom, Rubenesque, voluptuous, See also Thesaurus:voluptuous
    • 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.
    • 1980, Robert A. Heinlein, The Number of the Beast
      Well, a certain zaftig coed told this on herself. She tried to give her all to `Brainy' in exchange for a passing grade in the general math course necessary to any degree on our campus... `Brainy' didn't accept, didn't refuse, wasn't offended, didn't seem to understand. He told her that she had better talk to her instructor about getting tutoring and a re-exam. Now Miss Zaftig is circulating the story that Prof `No Brain' must be a eunuch or a robot. Not even a homo. Totally sexless.
    • 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”, in Time[1]:
      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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