[ kich ]
/ kɪtʃ /


something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.

Origin of kitsch

1925–30; < German, derivative of kitschen to throw together (a work of art)

Related forms

kitsch·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kitschy


/ (kɪtʃ) /


  1. tawdry, vulgarized, or pretentious art, literature, etc, usually with popular or sentimental appeal
  2. (as modifier)a kitsch plaster bust of Beethoven

Derived Forms

kitschy, adjective

Word Origin for kitsch

C20: from German
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Culture definitions for kitschy


[ (kich) ]

Works of art and other objects (such as furniture) that are meant to look costly but actually are in poor taste.


Kitsch in literature and music is associated with sentimentalism as well as bad taste.
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