gesundheit

Alternative Spellings

gezunthayt, gezunteit, gezuntayt

Definitions

  • Health. (Bless you) - said in response to a sneeze.

Example Sentences

  • If someone sneezes, anyone near them might say, "gesundheit."

Languages of Origin

German

Etymology

German gesundheit 'health; bless you!'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Notes

Pronounced ge-ZUN-tight. (U has sound of u in put). The Yiddish equivalent is צו געזונט tsu gezunt 'to (your) health'.

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