Mensch

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See also: mensch, mènsch, and Mënsch

Bavarian[edit]

Noun[edit]

Mensch m (accusative Menschen or Mensch'n, plural Menschen or Mensch'n or Menschn)

  1. human, human being, man

Noun[edit]

Mensch n

  1. woman

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German mensche, mensch, from Old High German mennisko, a substantivization of the adjective mennisk, from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz (human), from Proto-Germanic *mann- (human, man). Compare Yiddish מענטש(mentsh), Dutch mens, Swedish människa, all with the primary sense of “person” or “human being”.

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Noun[edit]

Mensch m (genitive Menschen, plural Menschen, diminutive Menschchen n or Menschlein n, female Mensch or Menschin)

  1. human, human being, man
  2. (interjection) man

Usage notes[edit]

  • Mensch is a weak noun in the standard language but is part of a group of nouns with a stark tendency to be strong colloquially, so one may hear dem Mensch instead of dem Menschen.
  • In older literature, the genitive des Menschens occurred.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Mensch” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Mensch in Kluge's Etymological Dictionary of the German Language, 1891

Hunsrik[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German mensche, mensch, from Old High German mennisko, a substantivization of the adjective mennisk, from man.

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Noun[edit]

Mensch m (plural Mensche)

  1. human, human being, person
    Keen Mensch konnd do leve.
    No human being could live here.

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Plautdietsch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German mensche, minsche, from Old Saxon mennisk, mennisko, from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz.

Noun[edit]

Mensch m (plural Menschen)

  1. human, human being, person