footle

footle

[foot-l] Informal.
verb (used without object), footled, footling.
1.
to act or talk in a foolish or silly way.
noun
2.
nonsense; foolishness; silliness.

Origin:
1890–95; origin uncertain; cf. footy

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footle (ˈfuːtəl)
 
vb (often foll by around or about)
1.  to loiter aimlessly; potter
2.  to talk nonsense
 
n
3.  rare foolishness
 
[C19: probably from French foutre to copulate with, from Latin futuere]

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footle
"to trifle," 1892, from dial. footer "to trifle," footy "mean, paltry" (1752), probably from Fr. se foutre "to care nothing," from O.Fr. foutre "to fuck," from L. futuere, originally "to strike, thrust" (cf. confute). But O.E.D. derives the Eng. dial. words from foughty (1600), from Du. vochtig or Dan.
fugtig "damp, musty;" related to fog.
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