Alternative Spellings

ungepatshkey, ongepotchkeyed, ongepatshky, ungepatshke, ongepatchket, angepatchket, ongepatchkit, angepatchkit, ahngepatchkit, ongepatchke, ungepatchket


  • overly elaborate, excessively decorated, slapped together senselessly

Example Sentences

  • "The lampshade was a nice color but too ongepatchke for the room."
  • "She preferred a plain china pattern but the one the saleslady showed her was angepatchkit."

Languages of Origin



אָנגעפּאַטשקעט óngepatshket, past participle of infinitive אָנפּאַטשקען ónpatshken 'to soil, mess up; scribble'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).


Accents on fist and third syllable: AWN-ge-PATCH-kit.

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