\ ˈmen(t)sh How to pronounce mensch (audio) \

Definition of mensch

: a person of integrity and honor

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menschy \ ˈmen(t)-​shē How to pronounce menschy (audio) \ adjective

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Mister Mort aka Mordechai Rubenstein, everyone’s favorite jovial mensch and street style photographer, wore a monogrammed white polo shirt and a pair of rainbow tinged seersucker pants. Vogue, "Thom Browne and FarFetch Host a Fantastical Seersucker Picnic at NeueHouse," 23 Aug. 2019 Some cheered for Rickie Fowler, who is widely acknowledged to be the American contingent’s leading young mensch, or for Phil Mickelson, whom many writers privately described as its reigning jerk. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 Brodesser-Akner is a master of zeitgeisty pith and Toby, while occasionally too saintly for realism’s sake, is a delightful mensch. Vogue, "10 New Books to Read This Summer," 31 May 2019 Commander Lawrence revealing himself to be (maybe) a mensch! Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Finale Offers a Light in the Darkness," 11 July 2018 Plus, people in the gray area between mensch and monster – the ones with histories of warmth and decency who have lately veered into anger - need more loving people in their lives, not fewer. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Best friend wants to speak up about the way pal treats her husband," 13 June 2018 And watching her re-connect with a mensch from her past is a pleasure. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "Summer Books: Beach Reading," 23 May 2018 Or maybe being Hollywood’s leading mensch just comes naturally to him. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Henry Winkler Is Just Happy to Be Here," 10 May 2018 Whatever is the Greek counterpart for mensch would apply perfectly to Paul (who is almost comically proud of his Greek heritage)—and, with further gender and nationality adjustments, to Kukula as well. James Fallows, The Atlantic, "Remembering Kukula Kapoor Glastris," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of mensch

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mensch

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

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to make a temporary encampment

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