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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  • I poured some icy buckets over my head and entered the schvitz.
  • If you can handle the process of dunking yourself in a tank of ice-cold water upon exiting the schvitz, consider yourself thoroughly cleansed and rejuvenated.
  • The hot to cold is traditional in the shvitz, and it actually increases circulation and gives an overall sense of well-being.
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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  • The schvitz is an experience in and of itself.
  • We're sure it was warm in Venice, but we didn't notice any other starlets looking like they just finished a schvitz in the sauna.
  • Off to have a schvitz and a massage.


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Sweat: it was one of those godawful days with a billion percent humidity and everybody was schvitzing
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  • Without powder that face paint is just gonna melt off your face the second you start to schvitz.
  • In the intimate confines of the Cabaret theater, where they literally schvitz right onto the audience, the whole house crackles with their energy.
  • 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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