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From Russian де́вочка (dévočka, girl).

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devotchka (plural devotchkas)

  1. (rare) A girl, especially one of Russian descent.
    • 1962, Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange:
      This evening in the Korova there was a fair number of vecks and ptitsas and devotchkas and malchicks smecking and peeting away, and cutting through their govoreeting and the burbling of the in-the-landers with their 'Gorgor fallatuke and the worm sprays in filltip slaughterballs' and all that cal you could slooshy a popdisc on the stereo, this being Ned Achimota singing 'That Day, Yeah, That Day'.
    • 1984, Allison, Möeth, Russian Roulette, →ISBN, page 115:
      His arm wrapped her shoulders, and he dropped a kiss on her head. "Come on, devotchka. I'm taking you home."
    • 2001, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, A Larger Sense of Harvey: A Novel, page 261:
      Meanwhile, three churlish mops stroke their cheeks at the top of the stairs as if to remind the first guest that they are truly the rosy-cheeked devotchkas of yore.
    • 2014, Paul Dowswell, Red Shadow, →ISBN, page 63:
      “Comrade Golovkin,” he said. “It is a terrible afternoon, devotchka. May I offer you a ride back to the Kremlin?”