from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A condition in which something does not work properly: Our television is on the fritz.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being defective.
- n. A type of processed meat sausage; devon
- v. To go wrong or become defective.
Perhaps from German Fritz, diminutive of the name Friedrich.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. See on the fritz, which appeared in 1902. Possibly from German name Fritz, or onomatopoeia. (Wiktionary)