[ foot-l ]
/ ˈfʊt l /
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verb (used without object), foot·led, foot·ling.
to act or talk in a foolish or silly way.
nonsense; foolishness; silliness.
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Origin of footle
1890–95; origin uncertain; cf. footy
Words nearby footle
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Example sentences from the Web for footle
I never did it myself—I think it's footle—but lots and lots do.
British Dictionary definitions for footle
/ (ˈfuːtəl) informal /
(often foll by around or about) to loiter aimlessly; potter
to talk nonsense
Word Origin for footle
C19: probably from French foutre to copulate with, from Latin futuere
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