naches (NAHKH-ihs) listen


  • n. Proud pleasure, special joy, especially from the achievements of a child.

  • n. A psychological reward or gratification.

Example Sentences

  • "I get so much naches when I see him on the bima."

  • “I have such naches: my son was voted president of his play group.” (NJY)

  • “Are you shepping [getting] naches from your daughter’s career?” (NJY)

  • "Edit that video, will you, and give your grandma some naches." (Glinert)

  • "She's had so many yisurim from her children, she deserves some nachat [fulfillment]." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH נחת nakhat > Y נחת nakhes

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • 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).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      nakhes, nachas, nachat, nahat


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