or tsim·mes

[ tsim-is ]

  1. Jewish Cooking. any of various sweetened combinations of vegetables, fruit, and sometimes meat, prepared as a casserole or stew.

  2. Informal. fuss; uproar; hullabaloo: He made such a tzimmes over that mistake!

Origin of tzimmes

First recorded in 1890–95; from Yiddish tsimes, akin to dialectal German (Swabia) zimmes, zimbes “compote, stew,” Swiss German zimis “lunch”; compound (originally a prepositional phrase) of Middle High German z, ze, unstressed variant of zuo (German zu ) “at, to” + Middle High German, Old High German imbiz, imbīz “snack, light meal” (German Imbiss ), noun derivative of Old High German enbīzan “to take nourishment”; see origin at to, in-1, bite

Words Nearby tzimmes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023