Slang to trifle or meddle; fool (around)
Origin of futzuncertain or unknown; perhaps shortening of eastern; English Yiddish arumfartsn zikh, fart around
intransitive verbfutzed, futz·ing, futz·es Slang
- To waste time or effort on frivolities; fool. Often used with around : “He used to look down on fellows like Shanley for studying so much, and for not drinking and dancing and futzing around the way he and Marty and Tim had” ( James T. Farrell )
- To fiddle, trifle, or tamper with something. Often used with with : Stop futzing with the camera and take the picture.
Origin of futzPerhaps partial translation and alteration of Yiddish arumfartsn (zikh) to fart around arum-, around fartsn to fart ( from Middle High German varzen ; see perd- in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present futzes, present participle futzing, simple past and past participle futzed)
- To be frivolous and waste time [from the 20th c.]
- To experiment by trial and error
- Used especially in the phrase futz around.