Definition of putz in English:


Pronunciation /pʌts//pʊts/


North American
  • 1informal A stupid or worthless person.

    ‘I'm not some two-bit putz who doesn't know the difference between Ouzo and Dom Perignon’
    • ‘‘You're an arrogant putz,’ a teacher yells at his student.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he was such a putz during the rest of the movie that I had difficulty believing he could be both people.’
    • ‘Not that the Dad was much better, but he seemed a little more natural around them, even if he was a putz and a control freak.’
    • ‘In fact, Santorum is such a putz that he was once named the the dumbest member of Congress.’
    • ‘Serves the putz right for letting his hormones swim around unsupervised.’
    • ‘They often rightly forget some putz's inane sloganeering.’
    • ‘He runs crying to Uwe, the putz who works as a feng shui consultant and has fountains and sand gardens in his home.’
    • ‘As Dracula, Dominic Purcell is a putz, and represents one of the worst villain casting decisions of the year.’
    • ‘Daphne is not beautiful, and Daphne is a putz, a klutz.’
    • ‘Usually I would pass on a crazy broad like this but no woman was going to treat me like a putz.’
    • ‘But our portly putz doesn't realize that, when discovering the truth, you may not get exactly what you want.’
    • ‘Problem is, Polsky doesn't have the chutzpah to go through with it - and he's a putz.’
    • ‘But let's say you're one step above a putz or a show-off.’
    • ‘Boss David Brent (creator Ricky Gervais) is the prototypical, uninspiring putz with a bad goatee and an even worse sense of humor.’
    • ‘But then again, I'm the putz who ate artichoke leaves.’
    • ‘The putz that Greta put in charge up there probably gave them no option.’
    • ‘‘But a good looking putz,’ he joked, kissing my cheekbone gently.’
    • ‘With that high center of gravity you're twice as likely as some putz in a Pontiac to tip precariously onto two wheels.’
    • ‘I'd have an easier time believing that Nick was a rocket scientist than a mean spirited putz.’
    • ‘A disturbingly perky androgynous sprite tries to spread the joy of music to an unpopular putz named Buzz.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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  • 2vulgar slang A man's penis.


[no object]North American
  • Engage in inconsequential or unproductive activity.

    ‘too much putzing around up there would ruin them’
    • ‘I am totally free to play games, read, putz around with my site, organize my MP3s, surf the web, watch movies or sleep.’
    • ‘He/she will then putz along at 50 kilometres an hour while sightseeing.’
    • ‘It took us twice as long as my normal pace alone to putz our way through the dark streets to my apartment.’
    • ‘Julian was putzing around behind the bar when Gloria came over to visit him.’
    • ‘Let's see, at last count there were at least two charming little robots putzing about the surface of the ‘Red Planet’.’
    • ‘Okay, I was just putzing around on the net waiting for R. to wake up and stumbled on to Crazy eBay mom.’


1960s: Yiddish, literally ‘penis’.