- a mischievous person, often a child
- (with verb "to be") to ruin partially; damage (Yeshivish usage)
- 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
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
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).
Stress on first syllable: MAH-zik
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