ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


upitanny.  Extremely well-fed; stout.

Etymology:  a Russian word, upitany (упитанный).  In no way related to 'uppity'.

This probably doesn't count as an English word, just a Russian word that shows up occasionally.  I saw it most recently in a collection of food-inspired essays from the New York Times.  Google then led me to a description of traditional Russian beauty as "rumiana, upitanna, bezbrova" (rosy-cheeked, stout, and browless).

I don't recall Bujold using this word in her Vorkosigan novels, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's there; the men of Barrayar have a fondness for women who can weather a small famine.
Tags: adjective, russian, theme: food, u, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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