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futz

[fuhts] /fʌts/
verb (used without object)
1.
to pass time in idleness (usually followed by around).
noun
2.
a fool; simpleton.
Verb phrases
3.
futz (around) with, to handle or deal with, especially idly, reluctantly, or as a time-consuming task:
I spent all day futzing with those file folders.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35, Americanism; apparently a euphemism for fuck; perhaps blend of this word and putz
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Contemporary definitions for futz around
verb

to fool or play around; screw around or waste time

Examples

She futzed around with the background and screensaver settings on her computer.

Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for futz around

futz

v.

"loaf, waste time," 1932, American English, perhaps from Yiddish. Related: Futzed; futzing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for futz around

futz around

verb phrase
  1. To loaf and idle; fuck off: Stop futzing around and get to work
  2. To experiment; try tricks; play; mess around: The foundation folk may get to futzing around with their computers/ You never really had time to sort of futz around in the sets
  3. To defy or challenge; provoke; fuck with: I am nobody to futz around with (1932+)

futz

noun
  1. The vulva
  2. A repulsive man, esp an old one; alter kocker: Inside of every American is a scrawny, twanging old futz like me
verb
  1. fuck
  2. (also futz with) To meddle or alter wrongfully; damage; fuck up: What is clear is that this movie has been futzed with

[1930s+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr Yiddish arumfartzen; mainly perceived as a euphemism for fuck]


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Idioms and Phrases with futz around

futz around

Also, futz with. Waste time or effort on frivolities, play around. For example, He spent all morning futzing around with the report, or No more futzing with the car—we have to go now. This term may be a shortening and corruption of the Yiddish arumfartzen, for “fart around.” [ ; 1920s ]
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