Definition of mensch in US English:

mensch

nounPlural mensches

North American
informal
  • A person of integrity and honor.

    • ‘‘He's a mensch (a real man),’ says one former ambassador to Paris, now a dovish academic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Joyner, ever the mensch, nearly always grants the wish.’
    • ‘But Torre got more chances to manage, in large measure because he is such an unbelievable mensch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is a lucky girl to have had such a mensch for a dad, and to learn about it, perhaps later than sooner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Schultze also asks a provocative question, ‘Why do we talk about Internet geeks, hackers, and spammers but never about Internet mensches or saints?’’
    • ‘My grandmother would say, ‘You've got to be a mensch, ‘and that has to do with what we used to call character.’
    • ‘If nothing else, I want to go out, I want to die like a man, like a mensch, like a good person.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Remember, the ladies will always go for a real mensch no matter what.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you want to be a real mensch, try to help get her into counseling and treatment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To begin with, you'd strive for being a mensch by giving cheerfully and compassionately and not grudgingly.’
    • ‘You don't lose by treating colleagues, employees - or anyone for that matter - like a 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

mensch

/mɛn(t)ʃ//men(t)SH/