Definitions for tchotchkeˈtʃɑtʃ kə
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word tchotchke
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of tchotchke:
1965–70, Amer.; < Yiddish tshatshke < Polish czaczko bibelot
chachka, tsatske, tshatshke, tchotchke, tchotchkeleh(noun)
(Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman
chachka, tsatske, tshatshke, tchotchke(noun)
(Yiddish) an inexpensive showy trinket
A small, decorative item or souvenir, usually of no particular value.
Tchotchke is a small bauble or miscellaneous item. Depending on context, the term has a connotation of worthlessness or disposability as well as tackiness, and has long been used by Jewish-Americans and in the regional speech of New York City and elsewhere. The word may also refer to free promotional items dispensed at trade shows, conventions, and similar large events. Also, stores that sell cheap souvenirs in tourist areas like Times Square, Venice Beach, and Waikiki Beach in Hawaii are sometimes called "tchotchke shops". Leo Rosten, author of The Joys of Yiddish, gives an alternate sense of tchotchke as meaning a desirable young girl, a "pretty young thing". Less flatteringly, the term could be construed as a more dismissive synonym for "bimbo". These usages are not common outside of Jewish circles. The term is sometimes used in modern Hebrew as a slang word equivalent to slut.
Find a translation for the tchotchke definition in other languages:
Select another language: