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

  • adj. Genuine; authentic.
  • adj. Superior; first-class.

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  • adj. genuine or authentic
  • adj. superior or of high quality; first-class

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same as pucka.

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

  • adj. absolutely first class and genuine


Hindi pakkā, cooked, ripe, from Sanskrit pakva-, from pacati, he cooks; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi पक्का (pakkā) and Urdu پکا (pakkā), from Sanskrit पक्व (pakva, "cooked, roasted, baked"), from पचति (pácati, "to cook, bake, roast"). (Wiktionary)


  • No doubt you could teach him how to 'pukka' properly too.

    Cruel and Unusual

  • All were prepared to enjoy themselves on this occasion, as it was felt, on reviewing the past six months, during which time we had been fighting incessantly in "pukka" battles, in which we had acquitted ourselves not badly, that we had thoroughly earned a week or two of complete rest and quiet.

    Three years in France with the Guns: Being Episodes in the life of a Field Battery

  • I have heard a distinction made between "pukka" padres and those who have not enjoyed the advantages of episcopal ordination.

    A Padre in France

  • Still he did feel that Miltoun was altogether too much the 'pukka' aristocrat -- no better than a Socialist, with his confounded way of seeing things all cut and dried; his ideas of forcing reforms down people's throats and holding them there with the iron hand!

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • Italian from Carluccio's is the use of the word "pukka" as a menu adjective.

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  • The only thing that separates Jamie's Italian from Carluccio's is the use of the word "pukka" as a menu adjective.

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  • Oliver first rose to worldwide fame as The Naked Chef, a boisterous hipster everyman who tossed around words like "pukka" with the emphatic and gratuitous self-assurance his American peers let fly "bam" and "yum-o," and who scooted about late Cool Britannia London from home to fishmonger to ethnic grocer to indie cheese shop and back home to the kitchen.

    Reason Magazine

  • What do you mean by 'pukka' and 'not pukka' coldie?

  • So you want to learn how to cook but you can't bear all of those grisly celebrity chefs trying to seduce you with their 'pukka' recipes. - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • It was clear that Scoby was bound for a sad end, but I thought it would be from borrowing money, or for not being whatever the word for "pukka" is in West Africa, or for some terrible scandal with his job.

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  • Derived from Hindi word for cooked or ripe.

    March 28, 2009