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or pucka

[puhk-uh] /ˈpʌk ə/
adjective, Indian English.
genuine, reliable, or good; proper.
Origin of pukka
1690-1700; < Hindi pakkā cooked, ripe, mature Unabridged
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  • Now Im learning to be a pukka officer, and the leader of sixty men to the cannons mouth.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • Thirdly, they were the most pukka shikarries (out-and-out hunters) in all India.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • Well, he went along and we waited for his return at the pukka ghat.

  • Well, we procured the peg and the hammer and proceeded to the pukka ghat.

  • If they were pukka Prayer Books I'd borrow one and try to read it.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
  • My name isn't known to any man with an appointment in his gift, and I want an appointment—a good, sound, pukka one.

  • "He's by way of being a pukka soldier, you know," said Mrs. Ronaldson gaily.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • The shops stood on granite plinths, pukka brick above, and tile-roofed.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • So I leaned over, broke the news to a pukka Boy who was aloft with me, and told him to sing it out.

    Stories of the Ships Lewis R. Freeman
  • Generally speaking, officers of the "pukka" navy are indifferent navigators in coastal waters.

British Dictionary definitions for pukka


adjective (esp in India)
properly or perfectly done, constructed, etc: a pukka road
genuine: pukka sahib
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi pakkā firm, from Sanskrit pakva
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