plotz

verb, transitive + intransitive \ ˈpläts \

Definition of plotz

plotzed; plotzing
informal
1 I : to burst with or be overcome by strong emotion
  • He had long, curly hair and dangling earrings … . I knew my friends would plotz if they saw him.
  • —Marjorie Ingall
  • We … plotzed with pleasure over our makeshift breakfast.
  • —Jane and Michael Stern
  • … some old-line patrons of The Cloister plotzed at the idea of change, and indeed have never returned to the resort.
  • —Lorraine Cademartori
2 T/I : to drop down or allow (oneself) to drop down heavily (as from exhaustion) : plop
  • She plotzed herself in the carriage and took out her gin bottle and took a long swig.
  • —Harpo Marx

Origin and Etymology of plotz

borrowed from Yiddish platsn "to crack, split, burst, fizzle out (of a plan)," going back to Middle High German blatzen, platzen "to strike loudly," probably going back to a West Germanic verbal base *platt- (whence also Old English plættan "to strike, slap," ēarplættan "to box the ears," Middle Dutch platten "to strike"), of onomatopoeic origin
Note: The second sense is perhaps through association with Yiddish plats "place."


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