mutche (MUUT-shuh) listen


  • v. To harass, torment, bother, annoy, nag.

  • v. To struggle financially.

Example Sentences

  • "Ma, stop mutshing me; my hair looks fine!"

  • “How are things?” “Oh, I mutshe [he mutshes] along.” (NJY)

  • “She mutshes him day and night about his appearance.” (NJY)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • 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).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      mutsche, mutshe

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