putz

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Yiddish פּוץ (puts, jerk, fool, penis), probably a noun derivative of פּוצן (putsn, to clean, shine); compare early modern German butzen (to decorate), modern German putzen.

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Noun[edit]

putz (plural putzes)

  1. (slang) fool, idiot
  2. (slang) jerk
  3. (slang) penis
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Verb[edit]

putz (third-person singular simple present putzes, present participle putzing, simple past and past participle putzed)

  1. (slang) waste time
    Stop putzing around.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Pennsylvania German putz; compare archaic German Putz (ornament, decoration, finery), putzen (to clean; decorate).

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Noun[edit]

putz (plural putzes)

  1. A decoration or ornament in the Nativity tradition, usually placed under a Christmas tree.
    • 1995, Joe L. Wheeler, Christmas in My Heart, Book 4, pages 12-13:
      The American custom of erecting a putz seems to have originated with the Moravians but the custom long ago spread to non-Moravian households. Essentially, the putz is a landscape, built on the floor or on a table or portable platform.

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Interjection[edit]

putz

  1. (slang) Used to emphasize something that has gone wrong.
    Putz, meu carro quebrou.