Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A fool; an idiot.
  • n. Vulgar Slang A penis.
  • intransitive v. Slang To behave in an idle manner; putter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. fool, idiot
  • n. jerk
  • n. penis
  • v. waste time
  • n. A decoration or ornament in the Nativity tradition, usually placed under a Christmas tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fool; a jerk.
  • n. The penis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among the Moravians, a Christmas decoration. Its essential is an evergreen tree, representing the tree of life. It is laden with nuts and fruit. See the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. obscene terms for penis
  • n. (Yiddish) a fool; an idiot

Etymologies

Yiddish pots, penis, fool.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish פּוץ (puts, "jerk, fool, penis"), probably a noun derivative of putsn ("to clean, shine"); compare early modern German butzen ("to decorate"), modern German putzen. (Wiktionary)
From Pennsylvania German putz; compare archaic German Putz ("ornament, decoration, finery"), putzen ("to clean; decorate"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "What a putz!"

    April 13, 2009