• prep. conj. Unlike.

Example Sentences

  • “I have experience and education, ma she'ein kein him. That's why they gave me the job instead of him.” (Weiser)

  • "In human court, we can beg, plead and apologize all we want, but if we damaged someone, the damage has been done, you can't take it back. Ma she ein kein Hakadosh Baruch Hu, with his limitless mercy, gave us the ability to totally erase any wrongdoing we've done!" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • מה שאין כן 'lit. what that is not thus'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


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

      Alternative Spellings

      ma sheein kein, ma she'eyn keyn, ma sheeyn keyn, ma sheayn kayn, ma she'ayn kayn, ma she'ein ken, ma sheein ken, ma she'eyn ken, ma sheeyn ken, ma sheayn kan, ma she'ayn kan

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