gatkes

Alternative Spellings

gatchkes, gatshkes

Definitions

  • underpants, underwear

Example Sentences

  • "Stop leaving your gatkes on the floor after you do the laundry!"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

גאטקעס gatkes 'underpants'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

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