Learn English – Formal or polite alternative for “f***ing around”

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I want to tell my uncle that I am "f***ing around" but I certainly can't use the F word. I googled it but I didn't find the phrase/word I am looking for.

I am wasting my time doing silly things and I want a phrase or word for that. Can anyone give any formal or polite phrase for that?

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I want to tell my uncle that I am "f***ing around" but I certainly can't use the F (f*ck) word.

If you don't want to say 'f*ck' then say fiddle instead. Both 'fck' and 'fiddle' start with F, so 'fck' can easily be replaced by 'fiddle'.

Fiddle around: To spend time doing small things that are not important or necessary — Cambridge English dictionary

You could substitute 'fiddle' for 'f*ck'.

Example: Uncle, I'm fiddling around. (It does not sound vulgar).


Single word for that would be loafing.

Loaf (verb): Spend one's time in an aimless, idle way.

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Example: Uncle, I'm loafing.

Or footle. But as others have said, it's unlikely to be understood.

Footle (verb): Engage in fruitless activity; mess about.

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