Schmuck vs Putz what difference

what is difference between Schmuck and Putz

English

Alternative forms

  • shmuck, shmuk

Etymology

From Yiddish שמאָק(shmok, penis, fool). Further origin uncertain. Probably from Old Polish smok (dragon), akin to Bulgarian смок (smok, grass snake). Perhaps akin to onomatopoeic Russian смоктать (smoktatʹ) smoktat (“to suck”) according to old belief that snakes suck milk from animals. Alternatively a baby-talk corruption of Yiddish שמעקל(shmekl), a dissimilated form of שטעקל(shtekl, penis/willy, literally little stick). Alternatively from the verb Middle High German smucken, archaic German schmucken, which has several meanings allowing possible semantic connections: 1.) “to squeeze, press, fit into something tight”; 2.) “to hug, snuggle, kiss”; 3.) “to adorn, decorate”. The last of these three senses is perhaps less likely, but compare German Schmuck (jewellery) with English crown jewels.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʃmʌk/
  • Rhymes: -ʌk

Noun

schmuck (plural schmucks)

  1. (colloquial, derogatory, US) A jerk; a person who is unlikable, detestable, or contemptible because he or she is stupid, foolish, clumsy, oafish, inept, malicious, or unpleasant.
    Synonyms: twerp, twit, dope, dick, dork, prick, putz
    • 1995 September, The Playboy Interview: Cindy Crawford, Playboy
      One day my girlfriend, her boyfriend and I were sunbathing topless because that’s Barbados – you can wear nothing if you want. And the Pepsi guy walks up and with my agent to meet us for lunch. I wondered if I should put on my top because I have a business relationship with him. I didn’t want him to get offended because the rest of the beach had seen me with my top off. Meanwhile, as he’s walking towards me he’s saying to my agent “I hope she puts on her top.”. He wasn’t even being a schmuck, like wanting to see.
  2. (colloquial, derogatory) A deplorable, pitiful person; often in the form poor schmuck.

Derived terms

  • Schmucksville
  • schmucky

Translations

See also

  • schlemiel

Further reading

  • Yiddish language on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

German

Etymology

From Middle Low German smuk (supple, bendsome, pleasing, beautiful, petite, cute) (compare Middle Low German smuk (ornament, jewellery)), from Old Saxon *smuk, *smukk, from Proto-Germanic *smukkaz (flexible, bendsome, easy), from Proto-Indo-European *smewg- (to slip, glide, slide).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʃmʊk/
  • Homophone: Schmuck
  • Rhymes: -ʊk

Adjective

schmuck (comparative schmucker, superlative am schmucksten)

  1. (dated) pretty, spruce

Declension

Further reading

  • “schmuck” in Duden online


English

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Yiddish פּאָץ(pots, penis, fool). Compare similar semantic developments in futz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pʌts/
  • Rhymes: -ʌts

Noun

putz (plural putzes)

  1. (slang, derogatory) Fool, idiot.
  2. (slang, derogatory) Jerk.
    Synonym: schmuck
  3. (slang) Penis.
    Synonym: schmuck
Derived terms
  • putzhead, putz-head, putz head

Verb

putz (third-person singular simple present putzes, present participle putzing, simple past and past participle putzed)

  1. (slang) Waste time.
    Synonym: futz

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Pennsylvania German Putz; compare German Putz (ornament, decoration, finery), putzen (to clean; decorate). Compare the above.

Alternative forms

  • Putz

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pʊts/
  • Rhymes: -ʊts

Noun

putz (plural putzes)

  1. A decoration or ornament in the Nativity tradition, usually placed under a Christmas tree.
    • 1995, Joe L. Wheeler, Christmas in My Heart, Book 4, pages 12-13:
      The American custom of erecting a putz seems to have originated with the Moravians but the custom long ago spread to non-Moravian households. Essentially, the putz is a landscape, built on the floor or on a table or portable platform.

Verb

putz (third-person singular simple present putzes, present participle putzing, simple past and past participle putzed)

  1. (Pennsylvania Dutch) To go around viewing the putzes in the neighborhood.

Portuguese

Etymology

Probably a euphemistic form of puta.

Alternative forms

  • puts

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈputs/, [ˈput͡s]

Interjection

putz

  1. (slang) Used to emphasize something that has gone wrong.
    Synonym: putz grila

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