interj. Lit., while in good health.
interj. "Fine, go ahead" (ironic).
"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
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- Great Britain
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
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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