tchotchka, tshatshka, tshatshke, chochka, tshotshke, chotchke, chachke, tchatchka, chotchka, tchachke
- trinket, knicknack
- "He brought us back a little tchatchka from Peru."
Languages of Origin
טשאַטשקע tshatshke 'trinket', צאַצקע tsatske 'knick-knack, toy'
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
Also pronounced tsatske or tsatska or tshatshki or tshotshky. Sometimes used with its diminutive / endearing suffix: tsatskele, tchotchkele, etc.
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