faff

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Etymology[edit]

Dialect, "blow in gusts."

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Noun[edit]

faff (plural faffs)

  1. (UK, slang) An unnecessary or over-complicated task, especially one perceived as a waste of time.
    Adjusting this television is a bit of a faff.
    • 2011, Patrick Kingsley, "Life with the Queen Mum revealed", The Guardian
      Breakfast in bed at the royal household is a massive faff. A page boy must carry the tray upstairs, but he's banned from actually serving it. So he leaves it on the floor by the bedroom door, whereupon a housemaid picks it up and knocks on said portal.

Verb[edit]

faff (third-person singular simple present faffs, present participle faffing, simple past and past participle faffed)

  1. (UK, slang) To waste time on an unproductive activity.
    I decided to stop faffing about and get some work done.

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