Definition of tchotchke in English:



(also tsatske)
  • 1North American A small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional; a trinket.

    • ‘a pig mug and a dozen or so other porcine tchotchkes adorn his office’
    • ‘The group staged golf tournaments and cruises and sold innumerable collectible tchotchkes - limited-edition wooden plaques, team pictures, 25th anniversary prepaid calling cards.’
    • ‘He has a huge collection of tchotchkes.’
    • ‘In return, he gets an eagle tchotchke for his knickknack shelf because ‘eagles have no borders.’’
    • ‘The L-shaped dining room possesses a modern-man aesthetic too, what with its spaciousness, absence of tchotchkes, copper-sponged walls, pillow-lined banquettes and unclothed brown tables.’
    • ‘Any time you do an independent movie, the stylist always brings you thrift-shop clothes, the art director is always putting stupid little tchotchkes all over the place…’
    • ‘Tomorrow I have to help the attorney's assistant haul all the files back in and make sure as many books and tchotchkes as we can remember are back in their proper places.’
    • ‘And by a certain age, everyone is overloaded with tchotchkes.’
    • ‘The last time you were in Las Vegas, you scooped up too many tchotchkes at Comdex, emptied your pockets at the slot machines, hunted for fossils.’
    • ‘Everything I care about is dismissed as a waste of time by most of world, or was, until recently: Science fiction, the Internet, blogging, gadgetry, vintage tchotchkes, Disney parks, etc.’
    • ‘The economic malaise could stampede companies into emphasizing revenue generation, returning to the bad old days of proliferating tchotchkes that are inappropriate for the brand image.’
    • ‘To the right stood a table whose drawer housed an assemblage of small bottles, mirrors and Christmas light bulbs, and whose top was covered with tchotchkes, such as an Eiffel Tower-shaped whiskey bottle.’
    • ‘Upstairs were decorative objects, documentary photographs, advertising posters, costumes, film clips and tchotchkes, interspersed occasionally with oil paintings.’
    • ‘Farhad Moshiri of Iran gilded a baroque cabinet filled with Buddhas, Mickey Mouse dolls, toy phones and other tchotchkes of global trade, all made precious by the application of gold leaf.’
    • ‘The clipped lines and metallic austerities of modern design couldn't resist the assaults of this charm offensive inspired by tchotchkes from Mexico, India, and the Southwest.’
    • ‘‘It's okay to get confused,’ he says, noting that the word ‘craft’ also refers to handmade tchotchkes.’
    • ‘There's a reason that Will, who enjoys the flashy tchotchkes of his bachelorhood, chose to live the way that he did, and that's because it is much more exciting than settling down.’
    • ‘Tools, parts, toys, instruments, tchotchkes - the weight of some new thing in my hand, often small, metallic and well machined, compels me to add it to my life.’
    • ‘Her strategy: Tickle her guests' fancy with tchotchkes.’
    • ‘After years of upping the stakes with larger booths, more lavish parties and fancy tchotchkes, some exhibitors are putting the brakes on wild spending.’
    • ‘As I walk the halls, I nervously await one of the rattling tchotchkes to come crashing down onto the quaintly undulating creaky floorboards.’
  • 2US A pretty girl or woman.

    • ‘just look at my little tchotchke growing up’
    • ‘Leo Rosten, author of The Joys of Yiddish, gives an alternate sense of tchotchke as meaning a desirable young girl, a "pretty young thing".’



/ˈCHäCHkə/ /ˈtʃɑtʃkə/


1960s Yiddish.