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Yiddish-English Glossary

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  • Machareikeh - Gimmick, contraption
  • Macher - big shot, person with access to authorities, man with contacts.
  • Magilla - Long story
  • Maidel - Unmarried girl, teenager
  • Maideleh - Little girl (affectionate term)
  • Maiven - Expert, connoisseur, authority
  • Makeh - Plague, wound, boil, curse
  • Mamoshes - Substance, people of substance.
  • Manzer - Bastard, disliked person, untrustworthy
  • Mashgiach - Inspector, overseer or supervisor of Kashruth in restaurants & hotels.
  • Mashugga - Crazy, nuts 
  • Mazel Tov - Good Luck
  • Me ken brechen! - You can vomit from this! Lousy.
  • Me ken lecken di finger! - It's delicious!
  • Me lost nit leben! - They don't let you live!
  • Me redt zich oys dos hartz! - Talk your heart out!
  • Mecheieh - A great pleasure
  • Mein bobbeh's ta'am - Bad taste! Old fashioned taste!
  • Mein cheies gait oys! - I'm dying for it!
  • Mekler - Go-between
  • Menner vash tsimmer - Men's room
  • Mentsh - A good man or person. One who can be respected.
  • Meshpucha - Extended family
  • Meshugass - Madness, insanity, craze
  • Meshugeh - Crazy
  • Meshugeh ahf toit! - Crazy as a loon. Really crazy!
  • Meshugeneh - Mad, crazy, insane female.
  • Meshugener - Mad, crazy, insane man
  • Me zogt - They say; it is said.
  • Mies - Ugly
  • Mieskeit - Ugly thing or person.
  • Mikveh - Ritual bath
  • Minyan - Quorum of ten men necessary for holding public worship (must be over 13 years of age)
  • Mirtsishem - G-d willing
  • Mitten derinnen - All of a sudden, suddenly
  • Mitzvah - Good deed
  • Mogen Dovid - Star of David
  • Moisheh kapoyer - Mr. Upside-Down! A person who does everything backwards
  • Mosser - Squealer
  • Moyel - Person who performs circumcisions.
  • Mutek - Brave
  • Mutshen zich - To sweat out a job . Tedious
  • Muttelmessig - Meddlesome person, kibbitzer