macher

Pronunciations

macher (ma-khur)

Definitions

  • n. Somebody who is successful, handy, dextrous.

  • n. "Someone who arranges, fixes, has connections...someone who is [very] active in an organization" (Rosten) "important person", "hot shot."

Example Sentences

  • "He's a big macher in Hollywood; everyone wants to meet with him."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • מאַכער makher 'lit. maker; influential person, fixer'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

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

      Alternative Spellings

      makher

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