or tuch·is, toch·us

[ taw-khuhs, tookh-uhs ]
/ ˈtɔ xəs, ˈtʊx əs /
Save This Word!

noun Slang.

the buttocks; tushie.



Loosen up your grammar muscles because it’s time to test your knowledge on verb tenses!
Question 1 of 6
The verb tenses can be split into which 3 primary categories?

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also tok·us, tok·es, took·us, toch·is [taw-khuhs, taw-kuhs] /ˈtɔ xəs, ˈtɔ kəs/ .

Origin of toches

First recorded in 1910–15, Americanism; from Yiddish tokhes, from Hebrew taḥath “under, beneath”

pronunciation note for toches

The English spelling toches is a transliteration of a Yiddish word. (Yiddish is a language based largely on Middle High German dialects and uses the Hebrew alphabet.) The English word therefore tries to represent a non-English pronunciation, which itself can vary from one Yiddish or English speaker to another, and may range from the somewhat guttural [taw-khuhs] /ˈtɔ xəs/ to the use of a harder middle -k- sound (called a velar stop) as in [taw-kuhs]. /ˈtɔ kəs/. Because of the range of Yiddish and English pronunciations, a number of variant English spellings exist, the most common or acceptable of which are shown in this entry: tuchis, tochus, tokus, tokes, tookus, and tochis. However, creative attempts to capture the range of pronunciations have yielded numerous other forms of the word as well, which can crop up especially in informal writing: for example, tuches, tochas, tochess, tuchas, tocus, toochis, toochus, tookis, tokhes, tokhus and more. So there are more than enough ways to write and say this Yiddish word for a very basic part of human anatomy.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021