schnapps

Alternative Spellings

shnaps

Definitions

  • "A strong, dry liquor." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Where's the schnapps? That vodka will do!" - a Chabad rabbi

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

שנאַפּס shnaps 'spirits, liquor, brandy'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

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