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or chotchke

[chahch-kuh] /ˈtʃɑtʃ kə/
noun, Slang.
an inexpensive souvenir, trinket, or ornament.
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  1. Something trivial, esp a gewgaw or decorative trifle; bagatelle; plaything: little rainbows and neon tchatchkas found in California neon boutiques/ you know, the tchotzkes, the jewelry/ his job at the mall vending Watusi chatchkes
  2. A precious or adorable person, usually a child: The baby is a tchotchke
  3. A woman considered as a plaything: She's Harry's tsatske

[1964+; fr Yiddish tsatske fr Slavic]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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