pat·​zer ˈpät-sər How to pronounce patzer (audio) ˈpat- How to pronounce patzer (audio)
variants or less commonly potzer
: an inept chess player

Word History


probably from German Patzer bungler, from patzen to blunder

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of patzer was in 1948

Dictionary Entries Near patzer

Cite this Entry

“Patzer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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