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tchotchke

[chahch-kuh] /ˈtʃɑtʃ kə/
noun, Slang.
1.
an inexpensive souvenir, trinket, or ornament.
Also, chotchke.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70, Americanism; < Yiddish tshatshke < Polish czaczko bibelot, knickknack (now obsolete; compare modern cacko with same sense, orig. dial.); of expressive orig.
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Examples from the web for tchotchkes
  • From relics of the sport's dawn to modern-era tchotchkes, trace the evolution of the game via this unique collection.
  • In an office near the door, they sold tchotchkes with the logo emblazoned on it.
  • Most products offered on the company's site are tchotchkes or simple furnishings with jigsaw edges.
  • Conveying an impression of whole lifetimes distilled, mementos and tchotchkes crowd the shelves.
Word Origin and History for tchotchkes

tchotchke

n.

"tinket, gewgaw," also (transferred) "pretty girl," 1964, American English, from Yiddish, from a Slavic source (cf. Russian tsatska).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tchotchkes

tchotchke

noun
  1. Something trivial, esp a gewgaw or decorative trifle; bagatelle; plaything: little rainbows and neon tchatchkas found in California neon boutiques/ you know, the tchotzkes, the jewelry/ his job at the mall vending Watusi chatchkes
  2. A precious or adorable person, usually a child: The baby is a tchotchke
  3. A woman considered as a plaything: She's Harry's tsatske

[1964+; fr Yiddish tsatske fr Slavic]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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