from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A cheap showy trinket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of tchotchke.
  • n. Alternative spelling of Tzatza.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman
  • n. (Yiddish) an inexpensive showy trinket


Yiddish tshatshke, from Polish dialectal czaczka.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish, from Russian and other Slavic languages. (Wiktionary)


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  • The Yiddish diaspora is spread pretty widely so variant spellings wouldn't surprise me.

    August 28, 2008

  • Never seen/heard this one. Usually see it spelled tchotchke.

    August 16, 2008