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- Trivial; unimportant; useless; silly; inept; irritating.
1919, Jerome K. Jerome, chapter 16, in All Roads Lead to Calvary:
- He was explaining to her things about the air service. . . . "Isn't it rather dangerous work?" she asked. She felt it was a footling question even as she asked it.
1922, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter 7, in Right Ho, Jeeves:
- Only a couple of days ago I was compelled to take him off a case because his handling of it was so footling.
- 1948 May 24, "United Nations: Over to You," Time (retrieved 14 Oct 2013):
- For 28 footling days the 58-nation General Assembly had been debating the now-famous U.S. afterthought: to postpone partition and substitute a U.N. trusteeship for Palestine.
- 2009 July 15, Carlo Rotella, "The Genre Artist," New York Times (retrieved 14 Oct 2013):
- “Why did you persist in writing hurlothrumbo romances of the footling sort favored by mooncalfs?”
footling (plural footlings)