metsiye (muh-TSEE-uh) listen


  • n. (sometimes ironic) A bargain; good deal.

  • n. (sarcastic) Something undesirable.

Example Sentences

  • "No wonder they went on that cruise—they got such a metsiye!"

  • “Believe me, that’s a metsieh.” (NJY)

  • sarcastic: “He married some metsieh.” (NJY)

  • "Yes, I looked in at the book sale, but I didn't find any metsiot." (Glinert)

  • "Don't start finding fault with me—you're no metsia yourself!" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y מציאה metsie

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • 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 Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      metziye, metsie, metsiah, metsia, metziah, metzia, metsieh, metsiyeh

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