Definition of tsimmes in US English:


(also tzimmes, tzimmis)


  • 1A Jewish stew of sweetened vegetables or vegetables and fruit, sometimes with meat.

    • ‘He mentioned a trip to New York where he went to the oldest Jewish restaurant in the city hoping to eat one of his favorite dishes, tzimmis [a carrot-based stew].’
    • ‘A sweet carrot stew called a tzimmes is often served.’
    • ‘Grandma Ida fusses obsessively over dishes as consecrated as any Divine law: matzo balls, sweetest carrot tzimmes, potato kugel, the lightest sponge cake.’
    • ‘Linger over platters of tzimmes with prunes and raisins, braised brisket with potatoes and, for dessert, gooseberry clafouti with homemade ice cream.’
    1. 1.1 A fuss or muddle.
      ‘why are you making such a tsimmes?’
      • ‘It is time also for Commonweal to make a policy of asking someone at Fordham or Columbia or NYU to read the technical appendix of a book and determine the adequacy of the sample design before it decides to make a gantze tsimmes out of it.’
      • ‘It seems to me that it is the press and the political pundits that are making such a tsimmes out of the money raised.’
      • ‘For almost four years now, plaintiff and her attorneys have been subjected to the constant kvetching by defendants' counsel, who have made a big tsimmes about the quantity and quality of plaintiff's responses to discovery requests.’