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or ca·piche, ca·pisce

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interjection Slang.
  1. Do you understand?
  2. I understand.

Origin of capeesh

< Italian capisce, third person singular present tense of capire “to understand”
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Word Origin and History for capiche

1940s slang, from Italian capisci? "do you understand?" from capire "to understand," from Latin capere "seize, grasp, take" (see capable). Also spelled coppish, kabish, capeesh, etc.


variant spelling of capiche (q.v.).

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