- to pass time in idleness (usually followed by around).
- a fool; simpleton.
- 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
Word Origin and History for futz around
"loaf, waste time," 1932, American English, perhaps from Yiddish. Related: Futzed; futzing.
Idioms and Phrases with 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.” [Slang; 1920s]