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Mensch

See also: mensch

GermanEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German mensche, mensch, from the Old High German mennisko, a substantivization of the adjective mennisk, from man (whence modern German Mann). (The word is retained as an adjective in some German dialects.) Cognates include Swedish människa.

NounEdit

Mensch m (genitive Menschen, plural Menschen, diminutive Menschchen n or Menschlein n)

  1. human, human being, person
  2. (interjection) man

Usage notesEdit

  • Mensch is a weak noun in the standard language, but is part of a group of nouns which have a stark tendency to be strong colloquially, so one will often hear dem Mensch instead of dem Menschen.

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  • English (via Yiddish): mensch