Origin of fritz; from German nickname for Friedrich: origin, originally meant a German; current sense in allusion to cheap German goods exported to United States before World War I
Origin of fritzPerhaps from German Fritz, diminutive of the name Friedrich.
Used especially in the expression on the fritz.
- on the fritz
(third-person singular simple present fritzes, present participle fritzing, simple past and past participle fritzed)
- (intransitive) To go wrong or become defective.
Unknown. See on the fritz, which appeared in 1902. Possibly from German name Fritz, or onomatopoeia.
- (UK, offensive) A German person (used in a nominal sense).
- You! Fritz! Tell us where the ammunition's kept!
- (UK, offensive) A name used to represent the German people (particularly the German armed forces) as a group.
- But if Fritz is stationed in that patch of woodland, we've got no chance!
- A male given name.