Tuccha: 18 definitions


Tuccha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Tuchchha.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Tuccha (तुच्छ) refers to “insignificant”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.13 (“Śiva-Pārvatī dialogue”).—Accordingly, as Himācala (i.e., Himālaya) said to Śiva: “The entire universe consisting of gods, Asuras and human beings, is yours. O great god, though insignificant [i.e., tuccha], I blabber something to you”.

Purana book cover
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Tuccha (तुच्छ) refers to “(that which is) worthless”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] The Bodhisattva Gaganagañja then sustained the jewel-canopy of ten thousand yojanas high over the Lord’s lion throne in the sky, joined the palms of his hands, saluted, and praised the Lord with these suitable verses: ‘[...] (9) Without discrimination (vikalpa) eliminating the middle (madhya) and the extremes (anta), [you understand] emptiness that all has a trifling (rikta) intrinsic nature (svabhāva), is worthless (tuccha) and void (vaśika). Though, knowing the complete purity (viśuddhi) of such dharmas, you explain cause (hetu) and action (karma) to living beings. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

tuccha : (adj.) empty; vain; deserted.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Tuccha, (adj.) (Sk. tuccha, prob. rel. to Lat. tesqua deserted place, see Walde, Lat. Wtb. s. v. ) empty, vain, deserted; very often combined with ritta D. I, 55; III, 53 (°kumbhi); M. I, 207; J. I, 209 (°hattha, empty-handed); VI, 365; Sn. 883; Pug. 45, 46; Miln. 5 (+palāpa), 10 (id.), 13; DhA. II, 43; PvA. 202; Sdhp. 431. (Page 304)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

tuccha (तुच्छ).—a (S) Light, low, mean, trifling, contemptible. tuccha karaṇēṃ To make light of; to treat with contempt and scorn.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

tuccha (तुच्छ).—a Trifling, light, low, contempti- ble, tuccha karaṇēṃ Treat with contempt and scorp.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tuccha (तुच्छ).—a.

1) Empty, void, vain, light.

2) Small, little, trifling.

3) Abandoned, deserted.

4) Low, mean, insignificant, contemptible, worthless.

5) Poor, miserable, wretched.

-cchā The 14th lunar day.

-ccham Chaff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Tuccha (तुच्छ).—mfn.

(-cchaḥ-cchā-cchaṃ) 1. Void, empty. 2. Small, little. 3. Abandoned, deserted. 4. Low, contemptible. n.

(-cchaṃ) Chaff. E. tuda-sampa0 kvip . tudā vyathayā chyati cho-ka .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Tuccha (तुच्छ).—adj. Void, vain, [Prabodhacandrodaya, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 76, 12.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Tuccha (तुच्छ).—[adjective] empty, void, vain, [substantive] a paltry thing; [abstract] tva [neuter]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Tuccha (तुच्छ):—mfn. empty, vain, small, little, trifling, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Nṛsiṃha-tāpanīya-upaniṣad; Prabodha-candrodaya]

2) n. anything trifling, [Śārṅgadhara-paddhati xxxi, 15]

3) chaff, [Uṇādi-sūtra] k.

4) Tucchā (तुच्छा):—[from tuccha] f. the 14th lunar day, [Sūryaprajñapti]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Tuccha (तुच्छ):—[(cchaḥ-cchrā-cchraṃ) a.] Void; small; contemptible; deserted. n. Chaff.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Tuccha (तुच्छ) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Cuccha, Chuccha, Tuccha.

[Sanskrit to German]

Tuccha in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Tuccha (तुच्छ) [Also spelled tuchchh]:—(a) petty, trivial, trifle; frivolous; contemptible; insignificant; ~[] pettiness; triviality; insignificance; frivolity.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Tuccha (तुच्छ) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Tucchā.

2) Tuccha (तुच्छ) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Tuccha.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Tuccha (ತುಚ್ಛ):—

1) [adjective] containing nothing; having nothing in it; empty.

2) [adjective] small; little; trifling.

3) [adjective] deserving to be despised; contemptible; despicable.

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Tuccha (ತುಚ್ಛ):—

1) [noun] that which is empty.

2) [noun] that which is inferior; inferiority.

3) [noun] an inferior man; ತುಚ್ಛನ ಸಂಗಡ ಬಾಳುವುದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಹುಚ್ಚನ ಸಂಗಡ ಬಾಳುವುದು ವಾಸಿ [tucchana samgada baluvudakkimta huccana samgada baluvudu vasi] tucchana saṃgaḍa bāḷuvudakkinta huccana saṃgaḍa bāḷuvudu vāsi (prov.) a wretched life is preferred to the luxurious one living with a despicable person; better fare hard with good men than feast with bad.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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