Alternative Spellings

potch, patch, potsh


  • to give a light slap
  • 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!"

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


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).

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