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Examples of tchotchke in a Sentence
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 next room — inside heavy wooden drawers, beneath bubble wrap — were a sample of the tchotchkes that Williams had collected.
The set looks like the tchotchke aisle at the Salvation Army Store.
JERUSALEM — There aren't as many Trump tchotchkes or posters visible as when past U.S. presidents have visited Israel for the first time.
The utility dog vest, the paw-print tchotchkes dangling from nylon leashes, the sensible black office flat with a drab grosgrain bow—those are American accessories.
Host a tchotchke swap One woman's trash is another woman's new wall adornment or pop of color.
Outside, under tents, the flea market finds some 2,000 vendors offering jewelry, clothing, shoes, cellphones, toys and tchotchkes.
Its overdesigned (Marte Johanne Ekhougen’s tchotchke-laden set engages in trickeration for its own sake) and — though very often loud and brash — under-powered.
Some leaders are strongly rumored to get treats from Russia, ranging from tchotchkes to stuffed suitcases that make paying the home mortgage more pleasurable.
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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: 1971See Words from the same year
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