Definition of patzer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpätsər/ Pronunciation: /ˈpat-/


A poor chess player.
Example sentences
  • This looks like a patzer's lunge, but black is angling for easy equality via timely simplification.
  • After some preliminary capturing, almost every move is a check, which pleases my inner patzer and keeps the tension level high.


1940s: perhaps related to German patzen 'to bungle'.

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Syllabification: pat·zer

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