mensch or mensh (mnsh) KEY
Informal pl. mensch·es or mensch·en (mnshn) KEY
A person having admirable characteristics, such as fortitude and firmness of purpose: "He radiates the kind of fundamental decency that has a name in Yiddish; he's a mensch" (James Atlas).http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictiona...
mensch [ mensh ] (plural mensch·en [ ménshən ] or mensch·es) or mensh [ mensh ] (plural mensh·en or mensh·es)
good person: somebody good, kind, decent, and honorable ( informal )
[Mid-20th century. Via Yiddish< Old High German mennisco "person, human"] http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictio...
Main Entry: mensch
Etymology: Yiddish mentsh human being, from Middle High German mensch, from Old High German mennisco; akin to Old English man human being, man
: a person of integrity and honorhttp://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mensch
mensch (mens̸h, menc̸h)
noun pl. menschen mensch′en (-ən)
a person, esp. a man, regarded as being honorable, decent, and responsible and having strength of characterhttp://www.yourdictionary.com/mensch
Inflected Forms menschen
Definition 1. human being (German, Yiddish); a kind, reliable, compassionate person. http://www.wordsmyth.net/live/home.php?script...
related to Mensch "person, human being": a person of integrity and honor [< Yiddish mentsch, mentsh, mensh, mench < Middle High German mensch < Old High German mennisco, mannisco; related to English man + -ish].
-What a mensch, I thought. What a gifted and sensitive soul." Elinor Lipman, "A Famous Author Says 'Swell Book! Loved It!'" In: Jane Smiley, Writers on Writing, Volume II: More Collected Essays from The New York Times, 2003, p. 148.
-"As Kepesh shows signs of becoming a mensh, one may feel the black humor of the absurd as one appreciates Kepesh's underlying awareness of mortality." Elaine B. Safer, Mocking the Age: The Later Novels of Philip Roth, 2006, p. 145
-"He [Jonathan Silverman] has gone from being the Triple A Matthew Broderick to being an adequately menschy David Schwimmer." David Wild, In: Colin M. Jarman, The Nasty Quote Book, 2001, p. 74.
-"Menschiness has suddenly become cool." Wendy Cole, "Q & A: Finding a Mensch Mate", Time, Feb. 14, 2006
-Robin Gorman Newman, How to Meet a Mensch in New York: A Decent, Responsible Person Even Your Mother Would Love.
-Davis Weiss, The Mensch. http://germanenglishwords.com/rlgm.htm
[Yiddish, a human being] a person of integrity and honor http://home.comcast.net/~wwftd/mno.htm#mensch