footle

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See also: föotle

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Probably variant of footer (to screw around), from obsolete fouter (an act of sexual intercourse), from French foutre (to have sexual intercourse), from Latin futuere.

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footle (third-person singular simple present footles, present participle footling, simple past and past participle footled)

  1. To waste time; to trifle.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:loiter
    • 2021 January 28, Sam Knight, “Adam Curtis Explains It All”, in The New Yorker[1]:
      Curtis says that he works like any other journalist: people and ideas grab him; he wastes time on TikTok, which he adores; he footles about in libraries.
  2. To talk nonsense.
    Synonyms: babble, jabber

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footle (uncountable)

  1. nonsense; foolishness.

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