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putz

noun \ ˈpəts \
Updated on: 3 Jan 2018

Definition of putz

1 US, informal : a stupid, foolish, or ineffectual person : jerk
2 US, vulgar slang : penis

Origin and Etymology of putz

Yiddish puts, literally, "finery, show," probably from putsn "to clean, shine"; akin to German putzen "to adorn, clean"

First Known Use: 1928


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putz

verb

Definition of putz

intransitive verb
US, informal
: to spend time in an aimless or idle manner : putter, fool around usually + around
  • But come July or August, I invariably find myself putzing around the kitchen, making something sort of weird, like potato-Roquefort salad sandwiches, heavy on the dill.
  • —Karen MacNeil

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