putz

noun
\ ˈpəts How to pronounce putz (audio) \

Definition of putz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

putz

verb
putzed; putzing; putzes

Definition of putz (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

US, informal
: to spend time in an aimless or idle manner : putter, fool around usually + aroundBut 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

Examples of putz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yoda: Don’t underestimate the wizened little green guy putzing around with a lightsaber. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 50 best 'Star Wars' characters ever, definitively ranked," 17 Dec. 2019 Yoda: Don’t underestimate the wizened little green guy putzing around with a lightsaber. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 50 best 'Star Wars' characters ever, definitively ranked," 17 Dec. 2019 Yoda: Don’t underestimate the wizened little green guy putzing around with a lightsaber. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 50 best 'Star Wars' characters ever, definitively ranked," 17 Dec. 2019 But don’t putz around and let another session go by without housing reform. BostonGlobe.com, "It was the top issue voters wanted to talk about with Charlie Baker when he ran for re-election last year, and it has been top of mind for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who last week made an impassioned plea for more middle-class housing in his annual speech to Boston bigwigs.," 17 Oct. 2019 Really made just for putzing around in the woods, but stick some road-like tires on it and race it on a compacted-dirt track, why not? Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "The first time I raced motorcycles, a breath at a time," 5 Sep. 2019 She and her dad would spend the weekends putzing around race tracks, talking their way into hospitality tents, begging team owners for a shot. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Danica Patrick on her last race, the Indy 500 that got away, and why she can win," 18 May 2018 Yoda: Don’t underestimate the wizened little green guy putzing around with a lightsaber. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 40 best movie characters in 40 years of 'Star Wars,' ranked," 13 Dec. 2017 Wait until summer, get a tent and sleeping bag, and go putz around a part of the country. Emily Zemler, Esquire, "Comedian Kyle Kinane Wants to Help You Get Your Act Together," 14 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of putz

Noun

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for putz

Noun

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

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“Putz.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putz. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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putz

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of putz

US, informal : a stupid or foolish person who is not well liked

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