fritz

[frits]Informal.
Idioms
  1. 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

Fritz

[frits]
noun
  1. Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a German, especially a German soldier.
  2. 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.

Mondale

[mon-deyl]
noun
  1. Walter FrederickFritz, born 1928, U.S. politician: senator 1965–77; vice president 1977–81.
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Examples from the Web for fritz

Contemporary Examples of fritz

Historical Examples of fritz

  • She danced around in such excitement that Fritz barked wildly.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • She amused herself by showing Fritz the pictures in an illustrated weekly.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • She had expected to keep Fritz in her room at night for company.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • They could not help smiling at Fritz as he frisked about in his imposing rose-collar.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • “I didn't said dot I vould be a goot sby, Dick,” responded Fritz.

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox


British Dictionary definitions for fritz

Mondale

noun
  1. 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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