[ foo t-l ]
/ ˈfʊt l /

verb (used without object), foot·led, foot·ling.

to act or talk in a foolish or silly way.


nonsense; foolishness; silliness.

Origin of footle

1890–95; origin uncertain; cf. footy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for footle

/ (ˈfuːtəl) informal /

verb (intr)

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


rare foolishness

Word Origin for footle

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