putz

noun
\ˈpəts \

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 + 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

Examples of putz in a Sentence

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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 Golden State has a habit of putzing around for two quarters, letting Zaza Pachulia play too much, and then turning on the jets in the third before burying opponents with ease. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "NBA Opening Night: Seven Storylines to Watch," 17 Oct. 2017 My normal thing to do is putz around on my antique collection of tractors. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Steinbach: 5 things he can't do without," 28 Aug. 2017 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," 24 May 2017

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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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