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schatzi

[shaht-see] /ˈʃɑt si/
noun, Slang.
1.
sweetheart; darling.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; < German Schatzi (orig. dial., especially Swiss G), equivalent to Schatz treasure (Middle High German scha(t)z, Old High German scaz property, piece of money; see sceat) + -i diminutive suffix (Middle High German -în; see -en5)
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n.

"German girlfriend," from German Schatzi, diminutive of Schatz, a term of endearment for a woman, literally "treasure," from Proto-Germanic *skatta- (cf. Dutch schat "treasure," Gothic skatts "piece of money, money"), originally "cattle."

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