mentsh, mench, mensh, mentsch
- "An upright, honorable, a decent person." (Rosten)
- "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
מענטש mentsh 'man, human being; responsible/mature person'
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
Rosten: The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Yiddish: Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Weiser: Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Steinmetz: Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
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