mekhaya, m'khaye, mechaya, machaya
- "Pleasure, enjoyment, a real joy" (Rosten); something that gives great joy
- "To hear you sing--such a mechaye." (young Reform cantor in Manhattan)
Languages of Origin
Yiddish מחיה mekháye 'delight, pleasure', from Heb mekhayé '(something that) vitalizes, rejuvenates'
Who Uses This
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
North America, Great Britain
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
Usually said with the article "a" (i.e., a mechaye), as in Yiddish.
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