mishegoss (MIH-shuh-gahs) listen


  • n. Foolishness, nonsense, craziness.

Example Sentences

  • "I don't want to get involved in their mishegos."

  • "This is how poskim have historically understood the matter, and the mishegoss I’ve seen in recent years is damaging and without any halakhic basis." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y משוגעת meshugás

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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

      mishugas, meshugas, mishegas

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