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footle

[ foot-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.
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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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