interj. Health. (Bless you) - said in response to a sneeze.
If someone sneezes, anyone near them might say, "gesundheit."
Languages of Origin
German 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
- 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
Pronounced ge-ZUN-tight. (U has sound of u in put). The Yiddish equivalent is צו געזונט tsu gezunt 'to (your) health'.
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