from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cheap showy trinket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a knickknack or trinket; a decorative item or souvenir of little value.

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


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

[Yiddish tshatshke, from Polish dialectal czaczka.]

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First attested in American English in 1964: From Yiddish טשאַטשקע (tshatshke, "trinket"), from obsolete Polish czaczko; consider Russian цацка (cácka).


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  • also an inexpensive showy trinket..

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