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 + 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: Verb 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 Yoda: Don’t underestimate the wizened little green guy putzing around with a lightsaber. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 17 Dec. 2019 Yoda: Don’t underestimate the wizened little green guy putzing around with a lightsaber. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 17 Dec. 2019 Yoda: Don’t underestimate the wizened little green guy putzing around with a lightsaber. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 17 Dec. 2019 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 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putz. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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