mensch

Alternative Spellings

mench, mentsh

Definitions

  • "An upright, honorable, a decent person." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "Robert is such a mensch. Not only does he volunteer at the old age home, but he even goes out of his way to help his friends move."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

מענטש mentsh 'man, human being; responsible/mature person'

Who Uses This

Jews, Non-Jews

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Rosten, Yiddish, JPS, Weiser, Steinmetz

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