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"Putschke" - Please help me figure out a nickname my grandfather called me

anemone 1 | -
10 Mar 2011 #1
My grandfather passed away when I was very young. Before he passed, he gave me some gifts personalized with the nickname "Putschke." He spoke Polish, Yiddish, German (Austrian), and English. Could "Putschke" be a Polish word, or a misspelled Polish word? I've been trying to figure out the meaning of this word for years. I was the only grandchild my grampa lived to see, so it must have had some special significance for him. If it helps, I am female.

Thank you for any help you can provide!
pgtx 30 | 3,156
10 Mar 2011 #2

maybe 'pucki'? fat cheeks...
10 Mar 2011 #3

Maybe it was "pućka" (in Polish that would sound similar to "putschke.") That would make
sense if you were a chubby child; "pućkowata" is parentese for "chubby", and "pućka" is
simply an affectionate diminutive of it (it can also refer to a person who is not necessarily
chubby but has a round face and full cheeks.)
RealPolish - | 11
11 Mar 2011 #4
It could be Yiddish word Pushke - פושקע \PUSH-ke\ means little can, jar, or box. In Polish it means "puszka".
Bratwurst Boy 12 | 11,348
11 Mar 2011 #5
"Putschke" doesn't sound's a german surname.
RealPolish - | 11
11 Mar 2011 #6
Really?! check this out:
Bratwurst Boy 12 | 11,348
11 Mar 2011 #7

Just look here:

Lotsa german Putschkes ;)

check this out:

This is about "Pushke"...
11 Mar 2011 #8
"Putschke" doesn't sound's a german surname.

Yes, the best way to show your granddaughter how much you love her, is to call her a random
German surname. *rolls eyes*

Come on, BB, get a grip of yourself - the man called her "Pućka" (perfect Polish parentese.)
Bratwurst Boy 12 | 11,348
11 Mar 2011 #9
the man called her "Pućka"

personalized with the nickname "Putschke."

So there...;)
11 Mar 2011 #10
Nickname not surname. "Putschke" sounds like "Pućka" - obviously the man was
Polish-Jewish, loved her granddaughter very much and affectionately spoke to her
in beautiful Polish parentese (the best language to express love to your children and

Why are you arguing with me, damn it? First Copernicus, then Dyl Sowizdrzał (Till Eulenspiegel),
and now you want to steal Pućka from us! :-/
Bratwurst Boy 12 | 11,348
11 Mar 2011 #11

*slinks dejectedly out of thread*
24 Apr 2013 #12
I was told that it was an endearment for a child meaning "bedbug".
Aludite - | 1
20 May 2018 #13
My whole family still uses it to this day - deeply relaxed nature, dawdling, no pressure to make a solution. Sometimes it is positive ie. "i am going to putschke around in the garage." Or negative, "stop putschking around - we'll be late." it came from the Ukrainian side of the family I believe.
mafketis 29 | 9,976
20 May 2018 #14
"i am going to putschke around

I assumed this was from Yiddish and the (now) General American 'putz around'. "I was just putzing around the house when she called."
9 May 2019 #15
This was my nickname as well! My grandpa called me 'pućka' (no idea if this is the correct spelling) and i assumed it meant fat or chubby baby. Haven't been able to find the origins and this is the first I've heard anyone else being referred to as 'pućka'. Was it pronounced 'pooch-ka'?
pawian 179 | 16,332
9 May 2019 #16
Pućka comes from pucołowaty which means chubby. The sound ch in it is softer than English ch.
Miloslaw 12 | 3,116
9 May 2019 #17
Sounds like he was calling you a fat arse......but in an affectionate way.....
pawian 179 | 16,332
11 May 2019 #18
I wondered for a long time why you wrote about ass and realised it when I found out chubby also means plump.

So, there is a misunderstanding on your part because pucołowaty doesn`t refer to the whole body being plump but only to cheeks.

Pucołowaty - chubby cheeked. Hence pućka - a female with chubby cheeks.

maybe 'pucki'? fat cheeks...

I tried to image- google pućka and all images show pets like cats, dogs or even owls. It has stopped bearing that human connotation in Polish.
Przelotnyptak1 - | 402
13 May 2019 #19
Sounds like he was calling you a fat arse.

I think it was puszek/ka, dawn little feather

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