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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Definitions for pukka

  1. Authentic; genuine.
  2. Superior; first-class.

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Citations for pukka
He talks like the quintessential pukka Englishman and quotes Chesterton and Kipling by the yard and yet he has chosen to live most of his adult life abroad. Lynn Barber, The Observer
If he does not have a house, the government gives him a pukka residence, not a . . . shack on the pavement but a solid construction. Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Origin of pukka
1690-1700
Pukka comes from Hindi pakka, "cooked, ripe," from Sanskrit pakva-, from pacati, "he cooks."