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noun Slang.
  1. an inexpensive souvenir, trinket, or ornament.
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Origin of tchotchke

1965–70, Americanism; < Yiddish tshatshke < Polish czaczko bibelot, knickknack (now obsolete; compare modern cacko with same sense, orig. dial.); of expressive orig.
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Word Origin and History for tchotchke


"tinket, gewgaw," also (transferred) "pretty girl," 1964, American English, from Yiddish, from a Slavic source (cf. Russian tsatska).

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