foo·​tling ˈfü-tᵊl-iŋ How to pronounce footling (audio)
: lacking judgment or ability : inept
footling amateurs who understand nothingE. R. Bentley
: lacking use or value : trivial
footling matters

Examples of footling in a Sentence

the assistant's job was to shield the president from such footling problems
Recent Examples on the Web By comparison with previous Establishment Clause cases, however, this lawsuit looked footling and rather mean. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 21 June 2019

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Word History



First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of footling was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Footling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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