mechaye

Pronunciations

mechayeh (muh-CHAY-uh) listen

Definitions

  • n. "Pleasure, enjoyment, a real joy" (Rosten); something that gives great joy.

Example Sentences

  • "To hear you sing--such a mechaye." (young Reform cantor in Manhattan)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Yiddish מחיה mekháye 'delight, pleasure', from Heb mekhayé '(something that) vitalizes, rejuvenates'

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      mekhaya, m'khaye, mechaya, machaya

Notes

  • Usually said with the article "a" (i.e., a mechaye), as in Yiddish.

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