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

a decent, upright, mature, and responsible person.

Origin of mensch

1950–55; < Yiddish mentsh man, human being < Middle High German mensch (German Mensch), Old High German mennisco, mannisco; see man1, -ish1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of mensch

  • His proposal is the work of a mensch and, no doubt, an act of love.

  • Yet in my mind it made him more than a politician, more than a musician; it made him a mensch.

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    Kinky for Perry

    Kinky Friedman

    August 24, 2011

  • If that money actually winds up in the hands of needy kids, James seems like a mensch.

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    The LeBron James Show

    Bryan Curtis

    July 8, 2010

  • He is a familiar Apatow mensch, and somehow Rogen gets away with playing this guy over and over without becoming tiresome.

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    How Funny Is Funny People?

    Caryn James

    July 29, 2009

Historical Examples of mensch

Word Origin and History for mensch

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper