adjective, foo·ti·er, foo·ti·est. Northern British Dialect.

poor; worthless; paltry.

Origin of footy

1740–50; variant of foughty musty; compare Old English fūht moist, damp (cognate with German feucht); see -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for footy

Historical Examples of footy

  • Lily seethed with rage against her husband, that footy rotter!

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

  • "And one culverin three of their footy little ordnance," said another.

    Westward Ho!

    Charles Kingsley

  • And he was killed, poor dear old boy, in some footy little skirmish.

    The Far Horizon

    Lucas Malet

  • I don't want no more stone-ballast hove at us 'long o' your calm' Miquelon boats 'footy cochins,' same's you did off Le Have.

    "Captains Courageous"

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Then we goes up to the ten men that had run across the snow too, and they fires a footy little arrow at us.

British Dictionary definitions for footy




  1. football
  2. (as modifier)footy boots
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