futzed; futzing; futzes

intransitive verb

: fool around sense 1
often used with around
futz around without producing any worthwhile musicJohn Koegel

Examples of futz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ferrari and Stellantis offer front shotgun passengers an interactive screen to futz with. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Dec. 2023 Once again, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride have taken it upon themselves to futz with a 1970s horror classic at the behest of horror über-producer Jason Blum. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2023 All without having to futz about with a speaker, let alone recharge it. Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2022 How refreshing, then, were the novels that didn’t futz about, that simply demanded that readers submit to their vision of things. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 While the strategy behind the release came with a heightened sense of responsibility owing to Lizzo’s meteoric rise, Reed and his team tried not to futz too much with a winning formula. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 2 Sep. 2021 From there, the worms can unleash a slurry of proteins and chemicals that futz with the ant’s core physiology, likely impacting their host’s hormones, immune system, and genes. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 18 May 2021 And if City Council President Kim Janey wants to futz with the percentage, that’s her prerogative. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Feb. 2021 Here every square inch of interior space is acclimatized to a refreshing and humidity-free 72 degrees Fahrenheit—so brisk that some of us futz around wearing sweaters and socks while the outside temperature climbs toward 100. James Nestor, Scientific American, 12 Feb. 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of futz was in 1911

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Cite this Entry

“Futz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futz. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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