(US, slang) a despicable or stupid person
“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.
[fr Yiddish, literally ”ornament”]
- Putz around
verb phrase To behave idly; putter around; fool around, futz around: Dad was putzing around in the background [1970s+; fr putz and semantically related to dick around, fuck around, though less coarse than these to any but, probably, Jewish ears]
1. a therapy for psoriasis combining the oral drug psoralen and high-intensity long-wave ultraviolet light. PUVA (pōō’və, pyōō’-) n. Psoralen and ultraviolet light; a treatment for psoriasis combining the oral administration of psoralen with subsequent exposure to long wavelength ultraviolet light.
- Puvis de Chavannes
[py-vee duh sha-van] /pü vi də ʃaˈvan/ noun 1. Pierre Cécile [pyer sey-seel] /pyɛr seɪˈsil/ (Show IPA), 1824–98, French painter. [sha-van] /ʃaˈvan/ noun 1. Puvis de [py-vee duh] /püˈvi də/ (Show IPA), . /French pyvis də ʃavan/ noun 1. Pierre Cécile (pjɛr sesil). 1824–98, French mural painter /French ʃavan/ noun 1. See Puvis de Chavannes
[luh pwee] /lə ˈpwi/ noun 1. a city in and the capital of Haute-Loire, in central France: cathedral. n. “conical volcanic hill,” especially those in Auvergne, 1858, from French puy, from Latin podium “a height, balcony,” literally “support” (see podium).