Definitions

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  • n. An unnecessary or over-complicated task, especially one perceived as a waste of time.
  • v. To waste time on an unproductive activity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move violently.

Etymologies

Dialect, "blow in gusts." (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Oh and PNB, I think organizing a burger get together in Brisbane is prime time for heckling and faff from the southerners.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Kinda buried.

  • I'd just like to add to the post below that these were worth the extra faff from the usual fairy cake recipe, and that half the icing amount stated is ample!

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • Quokka - I’d be happy for JB to link to my site but maybe he’s scared that all the faff is contagious.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Huzzah!

  • I couldn't be bothered to 'faff' about - I was still sore from falling on black ice yesterday - and so cold - so it was a quick fix.

    Allotment Lady

  • Opera, Safari, Konqueror — just getting on with business while the others faff around.

    window | My[confined]Space

  • Women, although this thread lost a bit of momentum in the short term, it is my belief that the no faff gun thread is self-limiting.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Ladies Lounge

  • Being away from all the faff and blather will probably be quite soothing

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Ladies Lounge

  • Maybe we all need our own blogs so we can faff there.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Ladies Lounge

  • But I digress (if not faff): the important point, at least for me, is that I went, I saw, I ate, I drank, but did so without regret or self-recrimination.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Burger Lite 26 Feb

  • Quokka - I saw your diaisies message in the “This is serious NO faffing about room” where ALL of the talk was pretty much faff - I tells ya, we cannot help ourselves (the human race on the internet, I mean) - and the almighty non faffers at that!

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Ladies Lounge

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  • I have never heard this word, but I wonder if it is related to the Slovene vulgarism fafati, which means "to fellate".

    September 24, 2008

  • British slang - "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 know you are the only candidate worthy of the job.' Informal"
    - peevish.co.uk

    September 23, 2008

  • to waste time, fool around.

    January 14, 2007