fartootst

Alternative Spellings

fartutst, fertootst

Definitions

  • "The state of being bewildered, disoriented, discombobulated; slightly more intense than tsedrayt." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "In this case, Jane is more the latter—more fartootst than oysgeshpilt." (http://books.google.com/books?id=1BbbF0_1OqAC&pg=PT33&lpg=PT33&dq=fartootst&source=bl&ots=Yl_Ln-doNs&sig=51AttmzU2LdyFMWw5-pPv_DQU4c&hl=en&sa=X&ei=n23LUPWUAsXmiwKGnYGoDg&ved=0CGUQ6AEwBg)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish, German

Etymology

Possibly from Yiddish פֿאַרטיוקן fartyukn (stun, daze, bully) or from German verdutzt (taken aback, baffled)

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).

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