See also: tessek



Lexicalization of the obsolete tetik variant of tetszik.[1]


  • IPA(key): [ˈtɛʃːeːk]
  • Hyphenation: tes‧sék
  • Rhymes: -eːk



  1. Archaic third-person singular subjunctive present form of tetszik.
    Synonyms: tetsszen, (modern form) tetsszék
    • 1893, Paul Bourget; Tóth Béla (transl.); John De Villiers (A Living Lie, section), Hazugságok, vol. 2[1], Budapest: Athenaeum, page 38:
      Nem mert volna hazudni ez asszonynak, még azért sem, hogy tessék neki.
      He had scruples about lying to this woman, even to please her.
  2. (auxiliary, with a verb in the infinitive) please, would you?, kindly (especially towards elderly people, clients, or by children towards adults, used as a polite alternative to the imperative mood)

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  1. (offering or doing a favor for someone, expressing consent, approval, readiness, or encouragement)
    1. here you are! (handing something over to someone)
    2. help yourself!, do start! (offering food and encouraging eating)
    3. after you!, go ahead! (allowing someone to pass at the door)
    4. go ahead! (answering a request for permission, like whether to open the window)
    5. yes please!, can I help you? (expressing full attention by a shop assistant towards a customer)
  2. come again?, I beg your pardon? (if the speaker did not hear or understand or cannot believe what was heard)
  3. action (instruction to start an act or scene of a theatric performance)


  1. ^ Eőry, Vilma. Értelmező szótár+ (’Explanatory Dictionary Plus’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2007. →ISBN

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