Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person of integrity and honor.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of mentch.

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  • noun a decent responsible person with admirable characteristics

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Yiddish, human being, mensch, from Middle High German, human being, from Old High German mennisco; see man- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • "These you term mensch, don't they require sleep?" she asked Haplo.

    Into the Labyrinth

  • These writers can all be described by the Yiddish word "mensch", it's in their makeup to give of themselves to help us guys coming up, and it's something that has made a big impression on me.

    The Dark, Dark World of Dave Zeltserman

  • These writers can all be described by the Yiddish word "mensch", it's in their makeup to give of themselves to help us guys coming up, and it's something that has made a big impression on me.

    August 2007

  • In that article, the suit contends, Burness described Danowski as a "mensch," a Yiddish word for a person of great integrity and honor that Pressler 's lawyers defined in their brief.

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  • In that article, the suit contends, Burness described Danowski as a "mensch," a Yiddish word for a person of great integrity and honor that Pressler 's lawyers defined in their brief.

    Latest Articles

  • In that article, the suit contends, Burness described Danowski as a "mensch," a Yiddish word for a person of great integrity and honor that Pressler 's lawyers defined in their brief.

    Latest Articles

  • The other, lesser races, whom we call mensch'the humans, elves, and dwarves-worshiped us as gods.

    The Hand of Chaos

  • These two races of gods hated and feared each other and each sought to rule over those they called mensch: humans, elves, and the dwarves.

    Into the Labyrinth

  • The evening of the event, Appelbaum told the crowd, "This man is a mensch," referring to the Yiddish word for an authentic human being, one of high integrity.

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  • The evening of the event, Appelbaum told the crowd, "This man is a mensch," referring to the Yiddish word for an authentic human being, one of high integrity.

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  • I'd be a hypcrite if, with a nickname like 'patiomensch,' this weren't in my Words list.

    April 25, 2007

  • In Yiddish (from which the word has migrated into American English, although the use is still rare), mensch roughly means "a good person." A "mensch" is a particularly good person, like "a stand-up guy," a person with the qualities one would hope for in a dear friend or trusted colleague.

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    I free associate this word with Skipvia's word mounch because it sounds similar to me.

    Go to Public List: Free Association and join in the fun of free associating with Skipvia.

    February 4, 2008