tchotchke

or chotch·ke

[ chahch-kuh ]
/ ˈtʃɑtʃ kə /

noun Slang.

an inexpensive souvenir, trinket, or ornament.

Nearby words

  1. tchebychev's inequality,
  2. tchekhov,
  3. tcherepnin,
  4. tchernosem,
  5. tchervonetz,
  6. tchr.,
  7. tcm,
  8. tco,
  9. tcp,
  10. tcp theorem

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

tchotchke

n.

"tinket, gewgaw," also (transferred) "pretty girl," 1964, American English, from Yiddish, from a Slavic source (cf. Russian tsatska).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper