Alternative Spellings

mentsch, mensh, mench, mentsh, mentch


  • "An upright, honorable, a decent person." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "Robert is such a mensch. Not only does he volunteer at the old age home, but he even goes out of his way to help his friends move."

Languages of Origin



מענטש mentsh 'man, human being; responsible/mature person'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
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).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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