• n. A mischievous person, often a child.

  • v. ('to be mazik') To ruin; damage.

  • n. A skillful person.

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)

  • "Has that little mazik of ours been at the candy again?" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic
  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH/A מזיק mazík > Y מזיק mázik

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • 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 Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings


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