Tollpatsch

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First attested 1698 in Bavaria as Tolbatz, from Hungarian talpas (wide-footed; infantryman), so called because of their footwear consisting of soles attached by strings. Influenced by toll (crazy), patschen (to whoosh, to hit with a splashing sound), and dalpen, talpen (to walk clumsily; to grab clumsily), also Dalpe, Talpe, Dalpsche, Talpsche, Patsche, designations for a broad hand.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtɔlpat͡ʃ/
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Noun[edit]

Tollpatsch m (genitive Tollpatschs or Tollpatsches, plural Tollpatsche)

  1. (obsolete, derogatory) a Hungarian or Hungarian-origin soldier that does not converse well
  2. klutz, blunderer, butterfingers (clumsy person)
    Synonyms: Tölpel, (Switzerland) Löli

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