footle

[ foo t-l ]
/ ˈfʊt l /
Informal.
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verb (used without object), foot·led, foot·ling.

to act or talk in a foolish or silly way.

noun

nonsense; foolishness; silliness.

Nearby words

  1. foothills,
  2. foothold,
  3. footie,
  4. footing,
  5. footing piece,
  6. footless,
  7. footlet,
  8. footlight,
  9. footlights,
  10. footling

Origin of footle

1890–95; origin uncertain; cf. footy

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British Dictionary definitions for footle

footle

/ (ˈfuːtəl) informal /

verb (intr)

(often foll by around or about) to loiter aimlessly; potter
to talk nonsense

noun

rare foolishness

Word Origin for footle

C19: probably from French foutre to copulate with, from Latin futuere

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Word Origin and History for footle

footle

v.

"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.).

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