malshin (mahl-SHEEN) listen
malshin (MAHL-shin) listen


  • v. To slander, malign, speak loshon hara about somebody.

  • n. One who slanders, especially one who turns over a Jew to non-Jewish authorities; informer, stool pigeon, snitch.

Example Sentences

  • "The victim in the story was a malshin - a person who would turn over Jews to the government. Yet the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because this malshin was not given a measure of self respect and was forcibly removed from the party." (source)

  • "I don't want to malshin him, but did you know..."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • Modern Hebrew


  • Heb מלשין malshín 'snitch, rat, libel' (infinitive להלשין lehalshín), Yiddish מלשין זײַן málshn zayn 'to slander' (a periphrastic verb with invariant Hebrew element)

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America
      • South Africa


      • None


  • Emphasis on first syllable.

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