verb[no object] chiefly British
Engage in fruitless activity; mess about: where’s that pesky creature that was footling about outside?
More example sentences
- I'm happily watching England footle around against Liechtenstein, (world leaders in denture manufacture) in a Euro 2004 qualifier on the telly.
- He has been dubbed Canada's David Lynch, which is a lazy way of saying he likes to footle around beneath the facade of respectability.
- Having taken the lead against Turkey their football became fitful, then flabby, and towards the end was footling.
late 19th century: perhaps from dialect footer 'idle, potter about', from 16th-century foutre 'worthless thing', from Old French, literally 'have sexual intercourse with'.
Definition of footle in:
- The US English dictionary