Word of The Day for Monday, June 13, 2011


zaf•tig (ZAHF-tik, -tig)  adj
also zoftig

1. (of a woman) having a pleasantly plump figure
2. full-bodied; well-proportioned


1937; from Yiddish zaftik, lit. "juicy," from zaft "juice," from Middle High German saft "juice," from Old High German saf

Synonyms: buxom, ample, built, busty, chubby, comely, curvaceous, curvy, full-bosomed, full-figured, healthy, hearty, lusty, plump, robust, shapely, stacked, voluptuous
Related Words: sap

Sentence Examples:
• The phase is familiar, and Raquel Welch is going through it. "People think of me as some zaftig lady with two stereo nose cones staring everyone in the face," she admits. "The American idea of sex is two outsized mammary glands." - Time, 1969

• When I started out, I was kind of zaftig. I would have had to get anorexia. They would have said, "She is way too chubby." - Out, 2006

• Artist Piet Parra animates the song's explicit cheekiness with a menu of salaciously dancing zaftig female forms being spooned out of cereal bowls and slurped out of straws, and having their breasts tweaked to the beat. - Spin, 2008

Sources: Dictionary.com, Online Etymology

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