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futz

Definitions

  • waste time (usually "futz around")
  • tinker with; make small changes

Example Sentences

  • "He turned the project in late because he could not stop futzing with it."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

from vulgar Yiddish אַרומפֿאַרצן זיך arúmfartsn zikh 'to fart around'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Even in the early 1940s it was used by many non-Jews. Rothenberg, Julius. 1943. “Some American Idioms from the Yiddish.” American Speech 18(1): 43-48.

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