Verb Phrases

fritz out, to become inoperable.

Nearby words

  1. fritillary,
  2. frittata,
  3. fritter,
  4. fritter away,
  5. fritto misto,
  6. friuli,
  7. friuli-venezia giulia,
  8. friulian,
  9. frivol,
  10. frivolity


    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for on the 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 on the fritz

on the fritz

see under on the blink.


see on the blink (fritz).

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.