n. "The little container...in which money to be donated to charity is accumulated." (Rosten)
"Every week you put a little in the pushke." - teacher, speaking about the "Old Country"
Languages of Origin
פּושקע pushke '(tin) can; (alms) box'
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- South Africa
- 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
pishkey, pushkey, pushka, pushkie, pishke
From the Slavic word for 'box'. In some games popularly played by Jews, such as mah jonh, 'pushke' can also mean the money gambled.
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