Definition of shvitz in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃvɪts/
(also schvitz) North American informal


1A sauna or steam bath: our great-grandfather and his brothers went to the shvitz together
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  • The kid looked like someone your zaide chatted with every week at the shvitz up on 10th Street.
  • Some form of this ancient practice is found in cultures around the world, from the Finnish sauna to the Russian bania, and from the Jewish shvitz to the Turkish hamman.
  • The ceremonial sweat lodge, for instance, had an easy precedent in the old-fashioned shvitz.
1.1A session in a sauna or steam bath: when it’s time for thinking I like to have a shvitz
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  • One of the most memorable dreams involved me conversing with Lou as we took a shvitz together.
  • It reminded me of the time I took a schvitz with him at the 92nd Street Y.
  • Since I'm the sweatiest guy I know, I took some wicking gear for a test schvitz.


[no object]
Sweat: it was one of those godawful days with a billion percent humidity and everybody was schvitzing
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  • Now let me schvitz in peace.
  • He probably does tend to schvitz more than most.
  • They have like 6 rooms perhaps, you can lay in the rain, schvitz to your heart's content.


1930s: from Yiddish shvits 'sauna, steam bath', probably from German Schwitze.

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