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.