Mensch

See also: mensch

GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

Derived from the Middle High German mensche, mensch, from the Old High German mennisko (from Old High German 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.

NounEdit

Mensch m (genitive Menschen, plural Menschen)

  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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DescendantsEdit

  • English (via Yiddish): mensch
Last modified on 29 March 2014, at 00:52