naches

Alternative Spellings

nakhes, nachas, nachat, nahat

Definitions

  • "Proud pleasure, special joy--particularly from the achievements of a child... 2. Psychological reward or gratification." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "I get so much naches when I see him on the bima." (words of a proud parent about their son, the student rabbi)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb נחת nakhat, Yiddish 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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
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)

Notes

Commonly used in the phrase "shep nachas" / "shepp naches" / "schep naches" - to derive pride and joy. From Yiddish שעפּן נחת shepn nakhes (verbal root is שעפּ shep) 'derive pride'. Some people say "shlep naches" / "schlep nachas," a phrase created in America based on a mistaken understanding of the phrase "shep nachas."

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