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

  • n. Slang A poor or amateurish chess player.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A poor player; an amateur.

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

  • n. a poor chess player


Probably from German, bungler, from patzen, to bungle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain; perhaps from German Patzer. (Wiktionary)


  • Although, since I don't see many people respond to your rantings except maybe a few new individuals… most have already figured out you're nothing but a patzer.

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  • In fact, depending on the particular situation, Deep Blue is either smarter than any human being could ever be -- or maybe as clumsy as a weekend patzer playing for dollars at Washington Square Park.

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  • Hey, it takes a patzer to appreciate someone who can actually play!

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  • If you mean tyro, I thought the spelling was patzer, but then, my Mom and Dad pronounced their Yiddish with a distinctly Bostonian accent.

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  • "Shut up, patzer" I love this fascinating scene from - Articles related to Shirley Valentine/Educating Rita, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

  • Lolly on Jul 21, 2008 visually delightful, but … sheers away from all other batmen by taking itself seriously as a forum of debate on the ancient division between the existential view that the universe and human behavior both lack any moral substrate or are ultimately ruleless altogether, and the obvious counterargument that moral behavior is not only possible, but inevitable, and has absolute consequences … pretty heavy stuff for an action adventure movie … in this way, i think knight overreaches badly … i do not expect to extract any serious philosophical lessons from any nameable lecture or entertainment in the space of 2 and 1/2 hours … nolan has undertaken an impossible task for such a limited medium … in the end expedience comes up for the b man as the easy winner afer all this striving, and i regard that as the point of exhaustion for his thesis. patzer on Jul 22, 2008

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  • I think this is a big mistake, but hopefully the rooms will be LOTS cheaper for the patzer players who fork over their entry fees to pay for the prizes won by the big guns, and everyone will be happy - and, come to think of it - maybe some of those overweight dudes will walk off some of their bellies trekking to and from the South Point to the Strip, where all the action still, truly, is!

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  • Edit willard and patzer are getting their asses kicked. even if the other anti-science people win, that’s a 6-4 pro-science majority on the board.

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  • The old man advised, “As to that sir,
    If your aim is to be a true master –
    Though timid and tame
    May win the odd game
    Be bold or be always a patzer.”

    February 10, 2014