Definition of mensch in English:

mensch

Pronunciation /men(t)SH/ /mɛn(t)ʃ/

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nounmenschen, mensches

informal North American
  • A person of integrity and honor.

    • ‘If nothing else, I want to go out, I want to die like a man, like a mensch, like a good person.’
    • ‘Schultze also asks a provocative question, ‘Why do we talk about Internet geeks, hackers, and spammers but never about Internet mensches or saints?’’
    • ‘Julie, you were a true mensch, the living proof of how one life touches another and another and another until, to paraphrase the Talmud, you have touched the world.’
    • ‘Joyner, ever the mensch, nearly always grants the wish.’
    • ‘Remember, the ladies will always go for a real mensch no matter what.’
    • ‘‘He's a mensch (a real man),’ says one former ambassador to Paris, now a dovish academic.’
    • ‘My grandmother would say, ‘You've got to be a mensch, ‘and that has to do with what we used to call character.’
    • ‘A mensch is someone who won't turn the dial in the Milgram experiment no matter what the experimenter says, and who will tell his boss that some basic practice of the organization they both work for is stupid and immoral.’
    • ‘Prudie thinks you should take the high road, be a mensch, and send the significant ex a handwritten note letting her know you've tied the knot.’
    • ‘Eplboim, 32, certainly can be called a mensch - Yiddish, for an admirable person.’
    • ‘George was a mensch, like Holly Whyte or Jane Jacobs, seeing cities in intensely human, interactive terms.’
    • ‘You don't lose by treating colleagues, employees - or anyone for that matter - like a mensch.’
    • ‘Barry Manilow proves he's a mensch of a pop star, spending an entire week with the contestants as they try to master his material.’
    • ‘To begin with, you'd strive for being a mensch by giving cheerfully and compassionately and not grudgingly.’
    • ‘But Torre got more chances to manage, in large measure because he is such an unbelievable mensch.’
    • ‘In the end, he is a mensch whose art and life prove that it is possible to be both a model of artistic freedom and a responsible and caring soul.’
    • ‘You'll be known in the narrow world of what you do as a mensch.’
    • ‘She is a lucky girl to have had such a mensch for a dad, and to learn about it, perhaps later than sooner.’
    • ‘If you want to be a real mensch, try to help get her into counseling and treatment.’
    • ‘He's a hard worker, earnest mensch, family man, and tasteful patriot, everything you could demand of a sports hero.’

Origin

1930s Yiddish mensh, from German Mensch, literally ‘person’.