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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Definitions for footle
  1. Informal. to act or talk in a foolish or silly way.
  2. Informal. nonsense; foolishness; silliness.

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Citations for footle
We footle on with dreams of green revolutions and nuclear power which the poor nations of the world will never be able to afford anyway. Robin Clarke, "On human numbers," New Scientist, May 1975
But it was nevertheless a time of increasing opportunity in our country, when a man of means could easily footle his way through a fortune if so inclined. Andrew Motion, Silver, 2012
Origin of footle
1890-1895
The origin of footle is obscure. It may be related to the British dialect footy meaning “poor, worthless.” It may be a variant of Scottish and Irish footer meaning “to screw around, futz around,” from the French verb foutre meaning “to screw up, fuck.” The word entered English in the 1890s.
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