putz

[ puhts ]
/ pʌts /
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noun Slang.

fool; jerk.
Vulgar. penis.

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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British Dictionary definitions for putz

putz

/ (pʌts) /

noun

US slang a despicable or stupid person

Word Origin for putz

from Yiddish puts ornament
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Word Origin and History for putz

putz


n.

"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.

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