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.
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.
- English (via Yiddish): mensch