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or chach·ka  (chŏch′kə) also tsats·ke (tsäts′kə)
n. Slang
A cheap showy trinket.

[Yiddish tshatshke, from Polish dialectal czaczka.]
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a trinket or knick-knack
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(ˈtʃɑtʃ kə)

n., pl. -kes. Informal.
a knickknack.
[1965–70, Amer.; < Yiddish tshatshke < Polish czaczko bibelot]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tchotchke - (Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman - a young woman; "a young lady of 18"
2.tchotchke - (Yiddish) an inexpensive showy trinket
collectable, collectible - things considered to be worth collecting (not necessarily valuable or antique)
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
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