gantseh (GAN-tzuh) listen


  • adj. 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..." (source)

  • "OK, OK, I don't need to hear the gantse mayse!"

  • “He looks puny, but I once saw him down a gantze pizza pie.” (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • גאַנץ gants 'whole, entire'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      gantze, gantse, ganze, gantsa, gantza, gantsah, gantzah, gantz, ganz, ganze


  • 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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