Origin of fritz
Related Words for on the fritzbonkers, broken, faulty, haywire, inoperable, kerflooey, malfunctioning
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.
on the fritz
see under on the blink.
see on the blink (fritz).