verb[no object] chiefly British
- 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'.
This word for engaging in fruitless activity is perhaps from dialect footer ‘to idle, potter about’, from 16th-century foutre ‘worthless thing’: this comes from Old French, with a literal meaning ‘have sexual intercourse with’, but with a long history of much milder associations than the English equivalent.
Words that rhyme with footlebrutal, pootle, refutal, rootle, tootle
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