Alternative Spellings

mutsche, mutshe


  • harass, torment, bother, annoy, nag
  • (obsolete) to struggle financially

Example Sentences

  • Ma, stop mutshe-ing me; my hair looks fine!

Languages of Origin



מוטשען mutshen 'to torment, torture' (verbal stem is מוטשע mutshe)

Who Uses This

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


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


The word has two syllables, to rhyme with "butcher" but without the final [r]. Cf. oysgemutshet אױסגעמוטשעט 'utterly exhausted; tormented'

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