• Genuine.
  • Excellent.

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Example Sentences

“I think you’ll find some pukka designer purses at the flea market if you know where to look.” 

“My mother makes the most pukka samosas you’ve ever tasted.” 

“The new server is doing a pukka job on the floor tonight.”

Word Origin

Panjabi and Hindi, early 17th century

Why this word?

Coming from both Panjabi and Hindi dialects, in which “pakkā” means “cooked, ripe, substantial,” this British slang word has been in use since at least the early 17th century. The broadest definition of “pukka” is “genuine,” as in, “Is that a pukka Rolex?” However, it can also mean “excellent,” such as, “Pukka job tonight!” At one point, “pukka” was used to describe something appropriate to high society, but that usage has dropped away. 

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