• n. A tale, story.

  • n. An anecdote.

  • n. An incident.

  • n. An affair, situation.

  • n. An act, deed.

  • n. “An act recognized officially to effect the validity of a transaction, a legal circumstance, and the like: ENACTMENT." (Weiser)

Example Sentences

  • “He made up some maise to explain why he never showed up.” (Weiser)

  • “I told him a maise from my younger days in Europe to encourage his learning.” (Weiser)

  • “I had such a maisae the last time I asked him for a favor that I'll never try again.” (Weiser)

  • “The maise is that I can't go with you until later.” (Weiser)

  • “He did such a cruel maise that I'm not sure I can forgive him.” (Weiser)

  • "It's not enough just to pay the money if you don't make a masie to show the kinyan.” (Weiser)

  • "Before conducting the bids, the Rebbe would instruct Reb Yochanan to stand up on the table, don a shtreimel, and tell the crowd a chassidishe maise." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH מעשה > Y מעשׂה mayse

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      mayse, meise

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