potch, patch, potsh
- to give a light slap
- a smack (playful)
- "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!"
Languages of Origin
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
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
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).
Edit See something you disagree with? Feel free to edit it. All changes will be moderated.