footle

play
verb foo·tle \ˈfü-təl\

Definition of footle

footled

;

footling

play \ˈfü-təl-iŋ, ˈfüt-liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to talk or act foolishly

  3. 2 :  to waste time :  trifle, fool

footle

noun

footler

play \ˈfü-təl-ər, ˈfüt-lər\ noun

Examples of footle in a sentence

  1. <spent the morning footling about while others were working>

Did You Know?

Footle may be an alteration of "footer," which an 1847 dictionary of archaic and provincial words says is a verb meaning "to idle." That word is connected with "fouter" (also spelled "foutra"), a word describing something of little value or someone worthless or bungling. But the link between "footle" and "footer" is speculative. What we can say with confidence is that "footle" is a verb of 19th century origin that-along with the adjective "footling" (as in "a footling amateur")-is still apt when discussing foolish or trifling people or things.

Origin and Etymology of footle

probably alteration of footer to waste time


First Known Use: 1891



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