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  1. pukka.


or puck·a

adjective Indian English.
  1. genuine, reliable, or good; proper.

Origin of pukka

First recorded in 1690–1700, pukka is from the Hindi word pakkā cooked, ripe, mature
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Examples from the Web for pucka

Historical Examples

  • When the body is of brick or stone, they call them pucka houses.

    Across India

    Oliver Optic

  • If only he hadn't mixed himself up with that lot, he might have passed anywhere for a pucka Englishman.

  • There are two and half or three kutcha beegahs in a pucka beegah; and a pucka beegah is from 2750 to 2760 square yards.

British Dictionary definitions for pucka


  1. a less common spelling of pukka



adjective (esp in India)
  1. properly or perfectly done, constructed, etca pukka road
  2. genuinepukka sahib

Word Origin

C17: from Hindi pakkā firm, from Sanskrit pakva
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