fritz

[ frits ]
/ frɪts /
Informal.
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Verb Phrases

fritz out, to become inoperable.

Idioms

    on the fritz, not in working order: Our TV went on the fritz last night.

Origin of fritz

First recorded in 1900–05; of obscure origin

Definition for fritz (2 of 3)

Fritz

[ frits ]
/ frɪts /

noun

Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a German, especially a German soldier.
a male given name.

Origin of Fritz

1910–15; < German; common nickname for Friedrich

Usage note

Fritz was a nickname used by Allied soldiers for a German soldier during World War I and II.

Definition for fritz (3 of 3)

Mondale

[ mon-deyl ]
/ ˈmɒnˌdeɪl /

noun

Walter FrederickFritz, born 1928, U.S. politician: senator 1965–77; vice president 1977–81.
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British Dictionary definitions for fritz

Mondale

/ (ˈmɒnˌdeɪl) /

noun

Walter (Frederick). born 1928, US Democratic politician; vice president of the US (1977–81)
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Word Origin and History for fritz

Fritz


German familiar form of masc. proper name Friedrich; as a characteristic name for a German, from 1883, especially in World War I. On the fritz "inoperative" (1903) is American English slang, of unknown origin. Earliest references suggest a theatrical origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fritz

fritz


see on the blink (fritz).

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