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Definition: Rich

Pronunciation: OO-fy


This world has two pieces of etymology linked to it, but the connection between the two is not entirely clear… While everyone seems to agree this word came about 1850 in the UK, its lexical origin seems to stem from the Yiddish ooftich which, in turn, stems from the German auf dem tiche  meaning to put the stakes, in gambling, on the table. What’s wrong you ask? There really weren’t too many Yiddish speakers in 18th century UK to generate slang that would stick around for so long…

Why this word?

Oofy! Such a lovely word! Saying it really makes me thing about something amazingly cute and furry, like a little puppy, when it actually means the opposite thing and is quite a derogatory word to describe one’s wealth; and if you’ve been reading this blog for enough time now- you know I’m  huge fan of contradictions!

How to use the word oofy in a sentence?

As we said, oofy is an adjective, not a great one- to describe a wealthy person.

“Once he was okay, but since he came to money there’s really no other word to describe him but oofy.. this is really the only thing he seems to be able to concentrate at!”


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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