putz

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • n. "A fool, an ass, a jerk." (Rosten)

  • v. Waste time.

Example Sentences

  • "I can't believe you lost the game, you putz!"

  • "I putzed around the house last night, not accomplishing much."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • פּאָץ pots '(vulgar) penis; fool'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      pots, puts, potz

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