v. "1. To fuss or "mess around" inefficiently and inexpertly. 2. To dawdle, to waste time." (Rosten)
"This recipe involves a lot of patshke."
"She's been patshkeying around with that model airplane all day."
"The project is almost due; I can't potchkey with it any more."
“My sister, the unemployed one, she loves to patshke all day in the kitchen. Me, I have no patience.” (source)
Languages of Origin
from Yiddish פּאַטשקען patshken 'to daub, smear', פּאַטשקען זיך מיט patshken zikh mit (something) 'to bother with (something messy)' (verbal stem is פּאַטשקע patshke)
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- 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).
Who Uses This
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