n. Proud pleasure, special joy (especially from the achievements of a child.)
n. A psychological reward or gratification.
"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)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb נחת nakhat, Yiddish nakhes
- 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).
- 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).
Who Uses This
nakhes, nachas, nachat, nahat
See also shep nachas.
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