tchotchke

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noun tchotch·ke \ˈchäch-kə, -kē, ˈtsäts-\

Definition of tchotchke

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Examples of tchotchke in a Sentence

  1. a bedroom with polka-dot curtains, flowery wallpaper, and shelves cluttered with tchotchkes from a lifetime of vacations

Recent Examples of tchotchke from the Web

  • In the current guerrilla war over elusive mindshare, tchotchkes are a first line of attack – which helps explain why the schwag industry has enjoyed double-digit growth each year for the past decade.

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Did You Know?

Just as trinkets can dress up your shelves or coffee table, many words for "miscellaneous objects" or "nondescript junk" decorate our language. Knickknack, doodad, gewgaw, and whatnot are some of the more common ones. While many such words are of unknown origin, we know that tchotchke comes from the Yiddish tshatshke of the same meaning, and ultimately from a now-obsolete Polish word, czaczko. Tchotchke is a pretty popular word these days, but it wasn't commonly used in English until the 1970s.

Origin and Etymology of tchotchke

Yiddish tshatshke trinket, from obsolete Polish czaczko


First Known Use: 1971


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