patshke

Alternative Spellings

potchkey, potchke, potshke, patchkey, potschke

Definitions

  • "1. To fuss or "mess around" inefficiently and inexpertly. 2. To dawdle, to waste time." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "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 potchey with it any more."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

from Yiddish פּאַטשקען patshken 'to daub, smear', פּאַטשקען זיך מיט patshken zikh mit (something) 'to bother with (something messy)' (verbal stem is פּאַטשקע patshke)

Who Uses This

Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

See also "patsh," which means "(playful) smack"

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