pukka
Pucka Puck"a, a. [Written also {pukka}.] [Hind. pakk[=a] cooked, ripe, solid.] Good of its kind; -- variously used as implying substantial, real, fixed, sure, etc., and specif., of buildings, made of brick and mortar. [India]

It's pukka famine, by the looks of it. --Kipling. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • Pukka — Puk ka, a. Same as {Pucka}. [India] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pukka — *pukka germ., Substantiv: nhd. Blatter, Pocke; ne. pock; Rekontruktionsbasis: ae., mnd.; Etymologie: s. lat. bucca, Femininum, Backe (Femininum) (1)?; …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • pukka — meaning ‘genuine’, is derived from a Hindi word pakkā meaning ‘ripe, substantial’. This spelling is preferred to pucka and pukkah …   Modern English usage

  • pukka — ► ADJECTIVE 1) authentic. 2) socially acceptable. 3) informal excellent. ORIGIN Hindi, cooked, ripe, substantial …   English terms dictionary

  • pukka — [puk′ə] adj. [Hindi pakka, ripe, of full weight, cooked < Sans pakva < IE base * pekw , to COOK] 1. Anglo Ind. good or first rate of its kind 2. genuine; real …   English World dictionary

  • Pukka — TOC Pukka may refer to:*Pukka Orchestra, a Canadian New Wave band *Pukka Pies, a United Kingdom foods manufacturer *Pukka Electric MiniBike, a small, battery powered vehicle *Pukka Herbs Ltd, an Ayurvedic herbal remedies company *Pukka, a… …   Wikipedia

  • pukka — adj British a. authentic, first rate. A word adopted from the Hindi pakka (meaning substantial) for use in the Anglo Indian speech of the colonial era. b. excellent, admirable. The earlier term was adopted as an adolescent vogue word from the… …   Contemporary slang

  • pukka — [[t]pʌ̱kə[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe something or someone as pukka, you mean that they are real or genuine, and of good quality. [BRIT, OLD FASHIONED] ...a pukka English gentleman …   English dictionary

  • pukka — /ˈpʌkə/ (say pukuh) adjective 1. correct in behaviour, appearance or attitude; corresponding to the regulations or best form. –phrase 2. pukka sahib, (especially formerly, during the colonial period in India) a white gentleman who is correct in… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pukka — puk|ka , pukha [ˈpʌkə] adj BrE informal [Date: 1600 1700; : Hindi; Origin: pakka cooked, ripe ] real or properly made and of good quality ▪ pukka food …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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