mensch

[ mench ]
/ mɛntʃ /
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noun, plural mensch·en [men-chuh n] /ˈmɛn tʃən/, mensch·es. Informal.

a decent, upright, mature, and responsible person.

Nearby words

  1. menotti,
  2. mens rea,
  3. mens sana in corpore sano,
  4. mensa,
  5. mensal,
  6. mense,
  7. menservants,
  8. menses,
  9. menshevik,
  10. menshevism

Origin of mensch

1950–55; < Yiddish mentsh man, human being < Middle High German mensch (German Mensch), Old High German mennisco, mannisco; see man1, -ish1

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Word Origin and History for mensch

mensch

n.

"person of strength and honor," 1907, from Yiddish, from German Mensch, literally "man, person," from Old High German mennisco "human," from Proto-Germanic adjective *manniska- "human" (see mannish).

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