Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
"loaf, waste time," 1932, American English, perhaps from Yiddish. Related: Futzed; futzing.
[1930s+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr Yiddish arumfartzen; mainly perceived as a euphemism for fuck]
("futzing around") To waste time on activity that is often experimental and may or may not be productive. Not normally used for game playing.