ungepatchke

Alternative Spellings

ongepotchket, ongepatchka

Definitions

  • overdone, tacky, ostentatious, overcomplicated. "Excessively and unaesthetically decorated; overly baroque." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "Those decorations weren't nice. It was just ungepatchke." or "Yeah, the recipe is good but honestly, it's ungepatchke." (30-something San Francisco Jew)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

אָנגעפּאַטשקעט óngepatshket, past participle of infinitive אָנפּאַטשקען ónpatshken 'to soil, mess up; scribble'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older

Regions

North America

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).

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