gesundheit

Definitions

  • interj. Health. (Bless you) - said in response to a sneeze.

Example Sentences

  • If someone sneezes, anyone near them might say, "gesundheit."

Languages of Origin

  • German

Etymology

  • German gesundheit 'health; bless you!'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • 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

      gezunthayt, gezunteit, gezuntayt

Notes

  • 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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