interj. Bless you (said in response to a sneeze).
"If someone sneezes, anyone near them might say 'gesundheit.'"Listen to recordings of this sentence: ( Recording 1)
Languages of Origin
gesundheit 'health; bless you!'
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- 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).
Who Uses This
gezunthayt, gezunteit, gezuntayt, gezundheit, gesunthayt, gesunteit, gesuntayt, gezuntheit
While many assume that this word comes from Yiddish, it actually comes from German. The Yiddish equivalent is צו געזונט tsu gezunt 'to (your) health'.
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