- to act or talk in a foolish or silly way.
- nonsense; foolishness; silliness.
Origin of footle
Examples from the Web for footle
I never did it myself—I think it's footle—but lots and lots do.
- (often foll by around or about) to loiter aimlessly; potter
- to talk nonsense
- rare foolishness
Word Origin and History for footle
"to trifle," 1892, from dialectal footer "to trifle," footy "mean, paltry" (1752), perhaps from French se foutre "to care nothing," from Old French foutre "to copulate with," from Latin futuere, originally "to strike, thrust" (cf. confute). But OED derives the English dialect words from foughty (c.1600), from Dutch vochtig or Danish fugtig "damp, musty;" related to fog (n.).