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adjective Indian English.

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 pukka

Historical Examples of pukka

  • "He's by way of being a pukka soldier, you know," said Mrs. Ronaldson gaily.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • Thirdly, they were the most pukka shikarries (out-and-out hunters) in all India.

  • You must relax all your muscles for a pukka faint, not only the neck and arms.

  • Well, we procured the peg and the hammer and proceeded to the pukka ghat.

  • Well, he went along and we waited for his return at the pukka ghat.

British Dictionary definitions for pukka



adjective (esp in India)

properly or perfectly done, constructed, etca pukka road
genuinepukka sahib

Word Origin for pukka

C17: from Hindi pakkā firm, from Sanskrit pakva
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