- 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.
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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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