AskDefine | Define mensch

Dictionary Definition

mensch n : a decent responsible person with admirable characteristics [syn: mensh]

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see mensch



  • /mɛnʃ/ /mEnS/


Derived from the mensche, mensch, from the mennisko (from OHG mennisk). Originally an adjective in Old High German, the word has become a noun in standard New High German, but this is not the case in all German dialects. Cognates include Swedish människa.


  1. human, human being

Derived terms

  • (English, through Yiddish) mensch

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acceptable person, capital fellow, diamond, gem, gentleman, good fellow, good lot, good man, good person, good sort, good woman, honest man, jewel, lady, pearl, perfect gentleman, perfect lady, persona grata, prince, real man, right sort, rough diamond, worthy
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