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[mench] /mɛntʃ/
noun, plural menschen
[men-chuh n] /ˈmɛn tʃən/ (Show IPA),
mensches. Informal.
a decent, upright, mature, and responsible person.
Origin of mensch
1950-55; < Yiddish mentsh man, human being < Middle High German mensch (German Mensch), Old High German mennisco, mannisco; see man1, -ish1 Unabridged
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"person of strength and honor," 1907, from Yiddish, from German Mensch, literally "man, person," from Old High German mennisco "human," from Proto-Germanic adjective *manniska- "human" (see mannish).

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  1. An admirable and substantial person; a decent and mature person: wear good clothes and look like a mensch/ A generous little mensch gets French manicure gift certificates for his girlfriend
  2. A virile man •Can also be used of women: mensch, a stand-up he-man/ Trigere, almost alone, is mensch enough to candidly dismiss the misogynous midi

[1909+; fr Yiddish, literally ''person, man'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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