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British Dictionary definitions for shtoom

shtoom

adjective
  1. slang silent; dumb (esp in the phrase keep shtoom)

Word Origin

from Yiddish, from German stumm silent
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Word Origin and History for shtoom

adj.

"speechless, silent," from Yiddish, from German stumm "silent, mute" (see stammer (v.)).

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