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intr.v. foo·tled, foo·tling, foo·tles
1. To waste time; trifle.
2. To talk nonsense.
[Probably variant of footer, to screw around, from obsolete fouter, an act of sexual intercourse, from French foutre, to have sexual intercourse, from Latin futuere; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.]
1. (often foll by: around or about) to loiter aimlessly; potter
2. to talk nonsense
[C19: probably from French foutre to copulate with, from Latin futuere]
v. -led, -ling,
n. Informal. v.i.
1. to act or talk in a foolish way.n.
2. nonsense; foolishness.
[1890–95; orig. uncertain]
footle, footling - To footle is to talk or act foolishly, from the old verb meaning "bungle"; as an adjective, footle (or footling) refers to something trifling or silly.
See also related terms for silly.
Past participle: footled
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|Verb||1.||footle - be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"|
hang around, lallygag, loiter, lollygag, mess about, mill about, mill around, tarry, lounge, lurk, linger, loaf
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
|2.||footle - act foolishly, as by talking nonsense|