Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[fuhts] /fʌts/ Slang.
verb (used without object)
to pass time in idleness (usually followed by around).
a fool; simpleton.
Verb phrases
futz (around) with, to handle or deal with, especially idly, reluctantly, or as a time-consuming task:
I spent all day futzing with those file folders.
Origin of futz
1930-35, Americanism; apparently a euphemism for fuck; perhaps blend of this word and putz Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Contemporary definitions for futz around

to fool or play around; screw around or waste time


She futzed around with the background and screensaver settings on her computer.

Usage Note

slang's 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014, LLC
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for futz around



"loaf, waste time," 1932, American English, perhaps from Yiddish. Related: Futzed; futzing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for futz around

futz around

verb phrase

  1. To loaf and idle; fuck off: Stop futzing around and get to work
  2. To experiment; try tricks; play; mess around: The foundation folk may get to futzing around with their computers/ You never really had time to sort of futz around in the sets
  3. To defy or challenge; provoke; fuck with: I am nobody to futz around with (1932+)



  1. The vulva
  2. A repulsive man, esp an old one; alter kocker: Inside of every American is a scrawny, twanging old futz like me


  1. fuck
  2. (also futz with) To meddle or alter wrongfully; damage; fuck up: What is clear is that this movie has been futzed with

[1930s+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr Yiddish arumfartzen; mainly perceived as a euphemism for fuck]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with futz around

futz around

Also,futz with. Waste time or effort on frivolities, play around. For example, He spent all morning futzing around with the report, or No more futzing with the car—we have to go now. This term may be a shortening and corruption of the Yiddish arumfartzen, for “fart around.” [ ; 1920s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for futz around

Difficulty index for futz

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for futz

Scrabble Words With Friends