n. "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'
- 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).
Who Uses This
mekhaya, m'khaye, mechaya, machaya
Usually said with the article "a" (i.e., a mechaye), as in Yiddish.
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