matzliach (mah-TZLEE-ach) listen


  • v. "To thrive: Prosper." (Weiser)

  • adj. "Accomplishing a mission or an attempt: Successful." (Weiser)

Example Sentences

  • "Kol Hakavod. You should be matzliach in all you do."

  • "As soon as he began to be matzliach in his business, the yeshiva sent someone to him to collect." (Weiser)

  • "They were matzliach in collecting enough money to start the new building." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Hebrew מצליח matsliach 'succeed', English usage with verb "be" calqued from Yiddish periphrastic verb מצליח־זײַן matsliekh-zayn '(to) be successful'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      matsliach, matzliech, matsliech, matzliakh, matsliakh, matzliekh, matsliekh, matzliah, matsliah, matzlieh, matslieh

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