ongepotchket

Alternative Spellings

ungepatshkey, ongepotchkeyed, ongepatshky, ungepatshke, ongepatchket, angepatchket, ongepatchkit, angepatchkit, ahngepatchkit, ongepatchke, ungepatchket

Definitions

  • overly elaborate, excessively decorated, slapped together senselessly

Example Sentences

  • "The lampshade was a nice color but too ongepatchke for the room."
  • "She preferred a plain china pattern but the one the saleslady showed her was angepatchkit."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

אָנגעפּאַטשקעט óngepatshket, past participle of infinitive אָנפּאַטשקען ónpatshken 'to soil, mess up; scribble'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Notes

Accents on fist and third syllable: AWN-ge-PATCH-kit.

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