American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Informal Lacking importance or significance; trifling: a footling gesture.
- adj. Informal Stupid; inept.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small foot.
- n. Anything no bigger than one's foot.
- Having the foot foremost: applied in obstetrics to cases in which a foot presents.
- n. One of the strips of board which run longitudinally on top of the frames in the bottom of a boat.
- adj. Trivial; unimportant; useless; silly; inept; irritating.
- v. present participle of footle.
- n. A fetus oriented so that, at birth, its feet will emerge first. A type of breech birth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. small and of little importance.
- adj. (informal) small and of little importance
- foot + -ling. (Wiktionary)
- Present participle of footle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“JUNO [huffily] I don't know what you call footling --”
“I would rather we attempt big, serious change and fail, than fiddlearound with footling, meaningless promises, limping through office andclinging to power for the sake of it.”
“While pacifying those who worry about liberty with a footling commission, composed largely of lawyers from left and right, who cancel each other out, Clarke proposes a vast extension of secrecy in the civil courts and inquests, which will suppress evidence of corruption and negligence in high places, as well as reduce access to justice and the public's right to know.”
“This is really not the time for such games; for footling schemes and yet more fraudulent job creation initiatives involving the spending of money Britain doesn't have.”
“Yet the freedoms which Englishmen have won over nearly eight hundred years have now been sold to a couple of Labour fellow-travellers for their votes so that the UK will now soften its policy towards Cuba and the issue of the all too footling sanctions against Cuba the EU maintains as a fig-leaf.”
“This is no mere technical detail of footling importance: it goes to the very heart of the legitimacy of the Parliament which for now claims to have authority in this land and as such this matter will not go away.”
“As for the British people and their footling objections to this most wonderful of treaties, why, a pox on them!”
“Hague took her to task on footling, no-brainer issues.”
“On Kelly he flannelled about some footling detail of parliamentary timing.”
“Finally, I leave you with these little gems from one of the earliest of the Euro Nabobery, Charles de Gaulle, who knew a thing or two about when and when not to ask the people for their views, though with his last referendum, a footling thing too, he came a cropper:”
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