gezunterheyt

Definitions

  • interj. Lit., while in good health.

  • interj. "Fine, go ahead" (ironic).

Example Sentences

  • "If that's what they think, then, gezunteheit, live and be well." (source)

  • "You want to go that badly? Gezunteheyt. I'll just stay home alone- and sit here in the dark."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • געזונטערהײט

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain

      Dictionaries

      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      gezunteheit, gesunteheit

Notes

  • Pronounced ge-ZUN-ta-HATE. (U has same vowel as u in put).

    Used in several Yiddish expressions, sometimes used whole in Jewish English: Es gezunteheit (eat in health), Shlof gezunteheit (sleep well), Gey gezunteheyt (go in good health).

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