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[foo t-l] /ˈfʊt l/ Informal.

verb (used without object), footled, footling.
to act or talk in a foolish or silly way.
nonsense; foolishness; silliness.
verb (intransitive)
often foll by around or about. to loiter aimlessly; potter
to talk nonsense
(rare) foolishness

“to trifle,” 1892, from dialectal footer “to trifle,” footy “mean, paltry” (1752), perhaps from French se foutre “to care nothing,” from Old French foutre “to copulate with,” from Latin futuere, originally “to strike, thrust” (cf. confute). But OED derives the English dialect words from foughty (c.1600), from Dutch vochtig or Danish fugtig “damp, musty;” related to fog (n.).


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  • Footless

    [foo t-lis] /ˈfʊt lɪs/ adjective 1. lacking a or . 2. having no support or basis; unsubstantial: footless dreams of glory. 3. awkward, helpless, or inefficient. adj. late 14c., from foot (n.) + -less.

  • Footlet

    [foo t-lit] /ˈfʊt lɪt/ noun 1. a low sock for women covering either the whole below the ankle or only the toes, worn for protection or warmth.

  • Foot-level

    noun 1. a foot rule, hinged in the middle, having a spirit level in one section and a graduated arc from which the angle made by the two sections can be read.

  • Footlight

    [foo t-lahyt] /ˈfʊtˌlaɪt/ noun 1. Usually, footlights. Theater. the at the front of a stage that are nearly on a level with the of the performers. 2. the footlights, the stage; acting profession.

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