Definition of tsuris in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtso͝oris//ˈtsər/


North American
  • Trouble or woe; aggravation.

    • ‘He doesn't need the money and he doesn't need the tsuris.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oy, you give me such tsuris when you act like this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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: from Hebrew.