- fool; jerk.
- Vulgar. penis.
Origin of putz
Examples from the Web for putz
By contrast, Anglophones have been using words like schmuck, putz, mamzer, and gonif for only a century or so.Mazel Tov, Arvind! But Are You Sure It’s Not Kneydl?
May 31, 2013
Most Moravians have a Putz in their houses at Christmas time.
But let me tell you about the Putz that belonged to my friend of the club catacomb.
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.
I let out a yell and dashed for the rocket; Putz opened the door and in I went, laughing and crying and shouting!
He looked comically bewildered and then a fellow explained that a Putz was a decoration of German origin.
- US slang a despicable or stupid person
Word Origin and History for putz
"obnoxious man, fool," 1964, from Yiddish, from German putz, literally "finery, adornment," obviously used here in an ironic sense. Attested in writing earlier in slang sense of "penis" (1934, in "Tropic of Cancer"). A non-ironic sense is in putz "Nativity display around a Christmas tree" (1873), from Pennsylvania Dutch (German), which retains the old German sense.