mazik

Alternative Spellings

mazzik

Definitions

  • a mischievous person, often a child
  • (with verb "to be") to ruin partially; damage (Yeshivish usage)

Example Sentences

  • She's adorable, but such a little mazik, always into something!
  • "Anyone who is mazik any part of the yeshiva gets a knas" (Weiser, Frumspeak, p. 58).

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

Hebrew/Aramaic מזיק mazík, Yiddish/Ashkenazi mázik < Heb. root נזק damage

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

Stress on first syllable: MAH-zik

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