futz

verb
\ˈfəts \
futzed; futzing; futzes

Definition of futz 

intransitive verb

slang

: fool around sense 1 often used with around futz around without producing any worthwhile music— John Koegel

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Peterson is futzing with the settings on another Xbox Kinect. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 The hospitality and restaurant industry has been futzing around with our olfactory memories in the name of experience-making for a few years now. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "How your nose might lead you to your next girl's night out | Elizabeth Wellington," 10 Apr. 2018 Why not focus on areas of clear need, rather than futzing around with one of the NFL’s best players on a unit that has carried the team? Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: Cardinals coach Steve Wilks starts tenure with risky moves," 3 Apr. 2018 Chandler had been futzing with his truck for the better part of a decade, gradually adding larger tires, higher lifts, and four-wheel steering to his growing behemoth. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "Big Star: The Original Bigfoot Stomps In to the SEMA Show!," 3 Nov. 2017 But futzing with all your clocks is so annoying (well, not all, cell phones generally handle this quite well on their own). Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "Here are some funny tweets about how annoying daylight saving time is," 1 Nov. 2017 Kawhi Leonard’s basketball prime is no time to futz around with the dream of an Aldridge upgrade. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "How LaMarcus Aldridge’s Extension Impacts the Spurs' Future," 16 Oct. 2017 Videogames and cards are popular, and some players pass the time before games by futzing with the USA Today crossword puzzle. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Baseball Manager Who Can’t Get Enough Scrabble," 6 Oct. 2017 For instance, bicyclists could change songs while peddling by rubbing their arms instead of futzing with their smartphones. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Google and Levi’s Have a New High-Tech Jacket Up Their Sleeves," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of futz

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for futz

perhaps part modification, partial translation of Yiddish arumfartsn zikh, literally, to fart around

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