putzen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

15th century, also in the form butzen. Origin unknown. Perhaps derived from Middle High German butze (lump, piece, stump), from Proto-Germanic *buttaz (whence also English butt), but there are several other theories.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpʊtsən/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: Putzen

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putzen (third-person singular simple present putzt, past tense putzte, past participle geputzt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) to clean, especially by rubbing with something wet
  2. (reflexive, of an animal) to groom oneself
  3. (reflexive, dated, of a person) to beautify oneself by washing, styling, and putting on fancy clothes

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