: a person of integrity and honor
menschy adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web She was also asked to describe what a mensch is in her own words. Antonio Ferme, Variety, 31 Oct. 2022 But now, 46 years after first being elected to the state assembly, Nadler is playing the mensch card. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 And speaking of menschen, mensch number one is Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 First, here’s a modest suggestion for dealing with those who do choose to leave: Be a mensch; wish them well and thank them for their contributions. Deborah Lovich, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Bruce remains a mensch and the ultimate work friend. Erin Qualey, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 Amid the crises of cinema and history, Alana gets her overflowing good will and untapped competence into gear, and Gary, a lout in the making, learns to be not just a man but a mensch. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2021 Beyond everything else, Peter Scolari was a mensch, a hard worker, a thoughtful actor, always a pleasure on a set. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 24 Oct. 2021 Tompkins has become a mensch to younger comedians like Newsome and Lapkus, who both noted his generosity onstage and off. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History


Yiddish mentsh human being, from Middle High German mensch, from Old High German mennisco; akin to Old English man human being, man

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mensch was in 1856

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“Mensch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mensch. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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