Definition of mensch in English:

mensch

(also mensh)

noun

North American
informal
  • A person of integrity and honour.

    • ‘If you want to be a real mensch, try to help get her into counseling and treatment.’
    • ‘‘He's a mensch (a real man),’ says one former ambassador to Paris, now a dovish academic.’
    • ‘Schultze also asks a provocative question, ‘Why do we talk about Internet geeks, hackers, and spammers but never about Internet mensches or saints?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Remember, the ladies will always go for a real mensch no matter what.’
    • ‘But Torre got more chances to manage, in large measure because he is such an unbelievable mensch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eplboim, 32, certainly can be called a mensch - Yiddish, for an admirable person.’
    • ‘You'll be known in the narrow world of what you do as a mensch.’
    • ‘He's a hard worker, earnest mensch, family man, and tasteful patriot, everything you could demand of a sports hero.’
    • ‘Joyner, ever the mensch, nearly always grants the wish.’
    • ‘My grandmother would say, ‘You've got to be a mensch, ‘and that has to do with what we used to call character.’
    • ‘She is a lucky girl to have had such a mensch for a dad, and to learn about it, perhaps later than sooner.’
    • ‘If nothing else, I want to go out, I want to die like a man, like a mensch, like a good person.’
    • ‘You don't lose by treating colleagues, employees - or anyone for that matter - like a mensch.’
    • ‘George was a mensch, like Holly Whyte or Jane Jacobs, seeing cities in intensely human, interactive terms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To begin with, you'd strive for being a mensch by giving cheerfully and compassionately and not grudgingly.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

mensch

/mɛnʃ/