• v. To give a light slap.

  • n. A smack (playful).

Example Sentences

  • "Shira, if you don't stop it, you're going to get a patch!"

  • "With that behavior, you're asking for a potch on the toches!"

  • "His son wouldn't listen so the father gave him a little pach on tuchas."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • פּאַטשן patshn 'to smack, slap' (verbal stem is פּאַטש patsh)

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      potsh, patch, potch, pach, poch

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