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footle

[foo t-l] /ˈfʊt l/
verb (used without object), footled, footling.
1.
to act or talk in a foolish or silly way.
noun
2.
nonsense; foolishness; silliness.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; origin uncertain; cf. footy
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British Dictionary definitions for footle

footle

/ˈfuːtəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
often foll by around or about. to loiter aimlessly; potter
2.
to talk nonsense
noun
3.
(rare) foolishness
Word Origin
C19: probably from French foutre to copulate with, from Latin futuere
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Word Origin and History for footle
v.

"to trifle," 1892, from dialectal footer "to trifle," footy "mean, paltry" (1752), perhaps from French se foutre "to care nothing," from Old French foutre "to copulate with," from Latin futuere, originally "to strike, thrust" (cf. confute). But OED derives the English dialect words from foughty (c.1600), from Dutch vochtig or Danish fugtig "damp, musty;" related to fog (n.).

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