From German Gesundheit (“health; soundness”). Cognate with Old English gesund (“sound, safe, healthy”).
- (North America) said to someone who has just sneezed
2000, Abby Frucht, Polly's Ghost: A Novel, Fiction, Scribner, ISBN 9780684835891, page 55:
- I used to play a game with David and Douggie, Dennis and Drew — stop their sneezes midsniff just by placing my pinkie finger against their nostrils and saying gesundheit before it was time.
said to someone who has just sneezed