mesameach

Definitions

  • to gladden another person

Example Sentences

  • "It's a mitzvah to be mesameach the chosson v'kallah [bride and groom]."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb משמח mesaméakh 'gladden, cheer up' (infinitive לשמח lesaméakh), Yiddish משׂמח זײַן mesaméyekh zayn 'to gladden, entertain' (a periphrastic verb with invariant Hebrew element)

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Always used as a periphrastic verb (with the verb "to be")

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