[ poo ch ]
/ pʊtʃ /


a plotted revolt or attempt to overthrow a government, especially one that depends upon suddenness and speed.

Origin of putsch

1915–20; < German Putsch, orig. Swiss German: literally, violent blow, clash, shock; introduced in sense “coup” in standard German through Swiss popular uprisings of the 1830s, especially the Zurich revolt of Sept. 1839
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British Dictionary definitions for putsch


/ (pʊtʃ) /


a violent and sudden uprising; political revolt, esp a coup d'état

Word Origin for putsch

C20: from German: from Swiss German: a push, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for putsch



1920, from German Putsch "revolt, riot," from Swiss dialect, literally "a sudden blow, push, thrust, shock," of imitative origin.

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