v. Tinker with; make small changes.
v. Waste time (usually "futz around").
"He turned the project in late because he could not stop futzing with it."
Languages of Origin
from vulgar Yiddish אַרומפֿאַרצן זיך arúmfartsn zikh 'to fart around'
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
Who Uses This
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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