Definition of tsuris in English:


(also tsores)


North American
  • [mass noun] Problems or difficulties; trouble.

    ‘the NBA has its share of tsuris these days’
    • ‘All this tsuris so I can watch ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’’
    • ‘Everyone got the drive-by descriptions; when she made a phone call, everyone heard the tales of woe and tsuris.’
    • ‘He doesn't need the money and he doesn't need the tsuris.’
    • ‘The idea of healing and transformation is entering the American vocabulary and will, we believe, eventually become part of the American dictionary, as frequently used as words like tsuris and chutzpah.’
    • ‘Oy, you give me such tsuris when you act like this.’
    • ‘So I thought I'd indulge myself, after all this tsuris, by writing a paper with my own title parody, albeit on a quite different subject.’
    • ‘When you have my tsuris [troubles], you'll talk differently.’


Early 20th century: Yiddish, plural of tsore trouble, woe, from Hebrew ṣārāh.