footling


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Related to footling: footling presentation, Footling breech

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.
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.
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?
A family in Egypt has to get by on a footling few thousand million dollars?
Her arrival in the world was itself a miracle, a footling breech delivery that prevented an emergency C-section and robbed her of oxygen, an arm broken and a critically low initial Apgar score.
And footling cosmetic change will not be sufficient.
And a footling Hindemith encore came as a crass intrusion after the harrowing Shostakovich, surely one of the masterpieces of the entire quartet repertoire.
Roebuck said that he was shocked and amazed to see Cricket Australia allowing Paine, a player held in high regard in all quarters, to risk body and bone in "some footling contest.