fatootsed (fuh-TUTST) listen


  • adj. Bewildered, disoriented, discombobulated.

  • adj. Distracted, frustrated (New York Stagehand Glossary).

  • adj. Enervated, played out, knackered, terminally fatigued.

Example Sentences

  • "The intensity of the campaign left him fatootsed."

  • "On the day my girlfriend broke up with me, I was so fatootsed that I didn't get anything done at work."

  • "Trying to read Hebrew for the first time left me totally fatootsed."

  • "Leroy, before you see it and get all fatootsed, I thought I’d explain about our garage being out in the street." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • German


  • verdutzt 'puzzled, baffled, disconcerted'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).

      Alternative Spellings

      fartootst, fartootsed, fatutst, fatootst, fartutst


  • The word is listed in Leo Rosten's "The New Joys of Yiddish" but isn't documented in any Yiddish dictionaries. The New York Stagehand Glossary says the word may be "fake Yiddish," but the most likely possibility is that the word came directly from German into English, as Rosten does cite the word as coming from a real German word. The word may have been historically used by Yiddish-speaking Ashkenazi Jews, but even if it was ever a word in Yiddish at all, it is very unlikely that it was ever a common word in Yiddish speech.

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