tchotchke

Pronunciations

tchotchke (TCHOCH-kuh) listen
tchotchke (TCHOTCH-kee) listen

Definitions

  • n. Trinket, knicknack.

Example Sentences

  • "He brought us back a little tchatchka from Peru."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • 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)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      tchotchka, tshatshka, tshatshke, chochka, tshotshke, chotchke, chachke, tchatchka, chotchka, tchachke

Notes

  • Also pronounced tsatske or tsatska or tshatshki or tshotshky. Sometimes used with its diminutive / endearing suffix: tsatskele, tchotchkele, etc.

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