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Line breaks: pat¦zer
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːtsə
, ˈpat-/

Definition of patzer in English:


A poor player at chess: I won a low-level tournament of patzers
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  • After all, there are a lot of patzers out there who study openings instead of tactics!


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

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Pronunciation: apəˈθɛtɪk
showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern