Manisch refers either to a dialect of rotwelsch (especially in the vicinity of greater Gießen, Germany) or a speaker thereof (plural: Manische or Manen). The term Manisch however, is also understood primarily throughout much of the German state of Hesse and parts of the Rhineland-Palatinate (German: Rheinland-Pfalz) to refer to the Manisch/Jenisch (alternatively "gypsy") elements of their vernacular.[1] Several words are recognisably derived from Yiddish (e.g. malocho, work) or Romany (e.g. pani, water).

Manisch in Gießen

Select glossary of the Gießen Manisch dialect [2][3]

German Manisch English
aber sicher! aweles! for sure!
acht ochte eight
alt puri old
Arbeit maloche work
Arm mussi arm
Baum ruck tree
beobachten spannen observe
Bier lawine beer
Blödsinn stuß drivel
Brille nagewelo glasses
Brot maro bread
Brötchen ballemari roll
Dame tschuwel lady
Dirne lupni whore
Drei trin three
Dumm dinnelich dumb
eins jäck one
Fahrrad welo bicycle
Ficken buijen to screw
Franzose walltscho Frenchman
Fräulein moss young lady
Friseur ballefusser barber
geben dehlen to give
Geld lowi money
Gesindel mischpoche riff-raff
Gott dewel God
Gut latscho good
Haar balle hair
Hexe tschowachani witch
ist bescht is
ja awe yes
Jude boboldo Jew
German Manisch English
Kein tschü no / none
Kerl gardsch fellow
Kerl (liederlich) kluntegardsch man (loose)
Lehrer siegebaskero teacher
Lügner kochebasgero liar
machen kären make / do
Messer tschuri knife
Milch tut milk
Namen lab name
Nase nag nose
neun enje nine
Ohr kant ear
Penis gari penis
Prostituierte kluntemoss prostitute
reden pennen to talk
rot loli red
richtig tschatcho correct
Sack gono sack
schlau kochem smart
Schmand schmentana sour cream
Schule siegebaskeri school
Toilette tschundekär toilet
trinken schwächen to drink
Unrat fuhl refuse
Vulva minsch vulva
Wasser pani water
Wetter tsiro weather
wir amos we
zehn desch ten
Zigarette pimangelo cigarette
zu banedi closed
Zwiebel burme onion


  • Lerch, Hans-Günter: Tschü lowi....Das Manische in Gießen. Mit Lexikon Manisch-Deutsch und Deutsch-Manisch, 1976/2005, Reprint Edition, ISBN 3-89687-485-3

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