[ puhts ]

  1. fool; jerk.

  2. Vulgar. penis.

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Origin of putz

1900–05; <Yiddish puts literally, ornament, finery, probably noun derivative of putsn to clean, shine; compare early modern German butzen to decorate (German putzen to clean, brighten)

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How to use putz in a sentence

  • All I could see then was a bunch of black ropy arms tangled around what looked like, as putz described it to you, an ostrich.

    A Martian Odyssey | Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • I let out a yell and dashed for the rocket; putz opened the door and in I went, laughing and crying and shouting!

    A Martian Odyssey | Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • He stared at putz, who had come in silently, his face and hands blackened with carbon, and seated himself beside Harrison.

    Valley of Dreams | Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • But this is his Majesty's day for being polished; and just now his august presence is thickly smeared with putz-pomade.

  • Before I finish wearing you out with these descriptions of my friends I must tell you all about the "putz."

    Over Here | Hector MacQuarrie

British Dictionary definitions for putz


/ (pʌts) /

  1. US slang a despicable or stupid person

Origin of putz

from Yiddish puts ornament

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