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


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putzed; putzing; putzes

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

Recent Examples on the Web
For residents of the Bay Area’s fancy, new, tricked-out condo and apartment towers, the coronavirus lockdown is more than a mandate to stay home and putz around in your slippers. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, 23 Mar. 2020 Yoda: Don’t underestimate the wizened little green guy putzing around with a lightsaber. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 17 Dec. 2019 But don’t putz around and let another session go by without housing reform. BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 18 May 2018

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of putz was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Putz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putz. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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