\ ˈpläts How to pronounce plotz (audio) \
plotzed; plotzing

Definition of plotz

1 intransitive, informal : 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 transitive + intransitive, informal : 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

First Known Use of plotz

circa 1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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“Plotz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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