luftmensch

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish לופֿטמענטש(luftmentsh), from לופֿט(luft, air) + מענטש(mentsh, man).

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!
    • McLean, Helen. "Marc of Distinction." The Globe and Mail: Books. March 24, 2007, p.D6 (reviewing the book Marc Chagall by Jonathan Wilson)
      "Chagall was a luftmensch, he says, a man of the air..."