Origin of footling
verb (used without object), foot·led, foot·ling.
Origin of footle
Examples from the Web for footling
"I s'pose we'll just keep on footling about here till the blooming war's over," he growled.Commander Lawless V.C.|Rolf Bennett
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|Paul Jones.
But he must do this, his very first job, absolutely correctly, and without any bungling and footling.Cupid in Africa|P. C. Wren
I wouldn't lose this day at Pompeii for a shipload of footling schoolmasters.Captivity|M. Leonora Eyles
Seems as if everything were too small and footling to matter.Notwithstanding|Mary Cholmondeley
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.).