• n. A mischievous person, often a child.

  • v. (with verb "to be") To ruin partially; damage. (Yeshivish usage)

Example Sentences

  • She's adorable, but such a little mazik, always into something!

  • "Anyone who is mazik any part of the yeshiva gets a knas" (Weiser, Frumspeak, p. 58).

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • Hebrew/Aramaic מזיק mazík, Yiddish/Ashkenazi mázik < Heb. root נזק damage

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings



  • Stress on first syllable: MAH-zik

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