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foo·tle

 (fo͞ot′l) Informal
intr.v. foo·tled, foo·tling, foo·tles
1. To waste time; trifle.
2. To talk nonsense.
n.
Nonsense; foolishness.

[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.]

foo′tler n.

footle

(ˈfuːtəl)
vb (intr)
1. (often foll by: around or about) to loiter aimlessly; potter
2. to talk nonsense
n
rare foolishness
[C19: probably from French foutre to copulate with, from Latin futuere]

foot•le

(ˈfʊt l)

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.

footle


Past participle: footled
Gerund: footling

Imperative
footle
footle
Present
I footle
you footle
he/she/it footles
we footle
you footle
they footle
Preterite
I footled
you footled
he/she/it footled
we footled
you footled
they footled
Present Continuous
I am footling
you are footling
he/she/it is footling
we are footling
you are footling
they are footling
Present Perfect
I have footled
you have footled
he/she/it has footled
we have footled
you have footled
they have footled
Past Continuous
I was footling
you were footling
he/she/it was footling
we were footling
you were footling
they were footling
Past Perfect
I had footled
you had footled
he/she/it had footled
we had footled
you had footled
they had footled
Future
I will footle
you will footle
he/she/it will footle
we will footle
you will footle
they will footle
Future Perfect
I will have footled
you will have footled
he/she/it will have footled
we will have footled
you will have footled
they will have footled
Future Continuous
I will be footling
you will be footling
he/she/it will be footling
we will be footling
you will be footling
they will be footling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been footling
you have been footling
he/she/it has been footling
we have been footling
you have been footling
they have been footling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been footling
you will have been footling
he/she/it will have been footling
we will have been footling
you will have been footling
they will have been footling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been footling
you had been footling
he/she/it had been footling
we had been footling
you had been footling
they had been footling
Conditional
I would footle
you would footle
he/she/it would footle
we would footle
you would footle
they would footle
Past Conditional
I would have footled
you would have footled
he/she/it would have footled
we would have footled
you would have footled
they would have footled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.footle - be aboutfootle - be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
prowl, lurch - loiter about, with no apparent aim
2.footle - act foolishly, as by talking nonsense
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
Translations

footle

[ˈfuːtl]
A. VT to footle awaymalgastar
B. VI (= waste time) → perder el tiempo; (= act the fool) → hacer el tonto

footle

vi to footle about (inf)herumpusseln

footle

[ˈfuːtl] vi to footle aboutbighellonare
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