pushke

Alternative Spellings

pishkey, pushkey, pushka, pushkie, pishke

Definitions

  • "The little container...in which money to be donated to charity is accumulated." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "Every week you put a little in the pushke." - teacher, speaking about the "Old Country"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

פּושקע pushke '(tin) can; (alms) box'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
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).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Notes

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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