faff


faff
faff Brit. informal VERB bustle ineffectually.
NOUN ineffectual activity.
ORIGIN originally dialect in the sense «blow in puffs», describing the wind.

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  • faff — I UK [fæf] / US verb Word forms faff : present tense I/you/we/they faff he/she/it faffs present participle faffing past tense faffed past participle faffed Phrasal verbs: faff about II UK [fæf] / US noun [singular] British informal unnecessary… …   English dictionary

  • faff — [[t]fæ̱f[/t]] faffs, faffing, faffed Phrasal Verbs: faff about faff around …   English dictionary

  • faff — /fæf/ (say faf) phrase faff about (or around), Colloquial to engage in useless activity in a time wasting manner. {British colloq. faff to dither; origin obscure} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Faff — To faff is to dither or to fanny around. If we procrastinated when getting ready for bed, as kids, our Dad use tell us we were faffing around …   The American's guide to speaking British

  • faff — verb faff about/around phrasal verb (I) BrE informal to waste time doing unnecessary things: I wish you d stop faffing around! …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • faff — Verb. To fuss. E.g. If you stop faffing and let me finish doing this job, then we can go out to the cinema sooner, rather than later. Informal Noun. A fuss, bother. E.g. It s such a faff having to go through the process of interviews when you… …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • faff —  v. Waste time. Behave desultorily. Idle.  Usu. faff around …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • faff — verb /fæf/ To waste time on an unproductive activity. I decided to stop faffing about and get some work done …   Wiktionary