footling


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foo·tling

 (fo͞ot′lĭng)
adj. Informal
1. Lacking importance or significance; trifling: a footling gesture.
2. Stupid; inept.

[Present participle of footle.]

footling

(ˈfuːtlɪŋ)
adj
informal silly, trivial, or petty

foot•ling

(ˈfʊt lɪŋ)

adj. Informal.
1. foolish; silly: a footling amateur.
2. trifling; trivial: a footling remark.
[1895–1900; footle + -ing2]
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.footling - (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
unimportant - not important; "a relatively unimportant feature of the system"; "the question seems unimportant"
Translations

footling

[ˈfuːtlɪŋ] ADJtrivial, insignificante

footling

footling

[ˈfʊtlɪŋ] adjstupido/a, insignificante
References in classic literature ?
I ought to tell you that since we left England he has taken up painting footling little pictures, and has got the artistic temperament badly.
She underwent emergency cesarean section in view of footling presentation and a female baby weighing 1.
The nurses tried in vain to deliver what was a footling breech infant, realising after several attempts that it had died.
Electropneumatically rapid change in the stroke of the upper transport footling
The babies were big, macrosomia 28 cases, footling in 7 cases and 4 of the patients had Pre-Eclamptic Toxaemia [PET] all were delivered by CS.
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Yet, instead of spelling out exactly what can be done to defeat IS at home and abroad, he was engaged in a footling and pointless argument over how the BBC should describe them.
So Labour "renegotiated" those terms, secured a few footling con cessions, declared a famous victo ry and put the result to the great British public in a referendum with, inevitably, the more positive and appealing "yes" option being for continued membership of what was then generally called the Common Market.
You will see a tail, but no feet for a frank breech; you will see two hooves facing up for a footling breech.
Because steroids for fetal lung maturity have been administered, and given improvement in her pulmonary edema and a footling breech presentation for Twin A, cesarean delivery is performed.
Anyway, the pipeline project is just a footling in the whole gamut of the two fraternal states' relationship that has been no straight affair since the 1979 revolution.
My question for the post office was "how much time was wasted by the postman fiddling with a footling plastic test slot instead of doing what he should have been doing - delivering the letter?