\ ˈfəts How to pronounce futz (audio) \
futzed; futzing; futzes

Definition of futz

intransitive verb

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

Examples of futz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The band occasionally stopped futzing around to fine-tune the song. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "After 16 years, the Hold Steady is changing the ‘business of being a band’," 29 Aug. 2019 The Alabama Democratic Party — the formal entity, not Democrats generally — is a joke, and the national party is sick of its futzing around. al, "Hey DNC, Alabama Democrats need an intervention," 16 Aug. 2019 No xenon to futz with, or wings to flap, or rotors to spin. Matt Simon, WIRED, "An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship," 4 July 2019 Nobody who futzed around so often and in so many ways with the idea of free will, or who cared so profoundly about the dead, could be described as a fatalist, or a quietist, or resigned. Salman Rushdie, The New Yorker, "What Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” Tells Us Now," 13 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of futz

1911, 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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“Futz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futz. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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