verb (used without object), foot·led, foot·ling.
Origin of footle
Examples from the Web for footle
Historical Examples of footle
I never did it myself—I think it's footle—but lots and lots do.
Word Origin for footle
"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.).