gantseh

Alternative Spellings

gantze, gantse, ganze

Definitions

  • entire, complete

Example Sentences

  • "I saw the gantseh mishpochah last week."
  • "Finally, if you just want to forget the gantse Megillah with the reindeer and the mistletoe..." (http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2010/11/holiday_entertainment_events_p.html)
  • "OK, OK, I don't need to hear the gantse mayse!"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

גאַנץ gants 'whole, entire'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

Gantseh (as before "megillah" or "mishpochah," which are feminine in Yiddish) has the singular feminine ending -e (גאַנצע in Yiddish). This seems to be the ending used before all nouns in Jewish-English.

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