- foolish; silly: ridiculous, footling remarks.
- trifling or useless.
Origin of footling
- to act or talk in a foolish or silly way.
- nonsense; foolishness; silliness.
Origin of footle
Examples from the Web for footling
Historical Examples of footling
Seems as if everything were too small and footling to matter.Notwithstanding
I wouldn't lose this day at Pompeii for a shipload of footling schoolmasters.Captivity
M. Leonora Eyles
"I s'pose we'll just keep on footling about here till the blooming war's over," he growled.Commander Lawless V.C.
Only a couple of days ago I was compelled to take him off a case because his handling of it was so footling.Right Ho, Jeeves
P. G. Wodehouse
For the life of me, I can't see why we should carry these footling little nations on our shoulders.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
- informal silly, trivial, or petty
- (often foll by around or about) to loiter aimlessly; potter
- to talk nonsense
- rare foolishness
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.).