luftmensch

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish לופֿטמענטש(luftmentsh), from לופֿט(luft, air) + מענטש(mentsh, man). Compare German von Luft und Liebe leben (to disregard the practical matters of life, literally to live on air and love), German Luftikus (impractical, quixotic, or careless person).

Noun[edit]

luftmensch (plural luftmenschen)

  1. One more concerned with airy intellectual pursuits than practical matters like earning an income.
    My wife is such a luftmensch she missed our anniversary dinner because she was too busy reading her books!
    • March 24, 2007, McLean, Helen, “Marc of Distinction”, in The Globe and Mail, Books, page D6:
      Chagall was a luftmensch, he says, a man of the air...