adjective Etymology: footle Date: circa 1897 1. lacking judgment or ability ; inept <
footling amateurs who understand nothing — E. R. Bentley
2. lacking use or value ; trivial <
footling matters

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  • footling — foot ling adj. small and of little importance; as, a footling gesture. Syn: fiddling, lilliputian, little, niggling, paltry, petty, piddling, picayune, small, trivial. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • footling — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ trivial and irritating …   English terms dictionary

  • footling — [fo͞ot′liŋ, foot′liŋ] adj. [prp. of FOOTLE] Informal silly and unimportant; trivial; trifling …   English World dictionary

  • footling — foot•ling [[t]ˈfʊt lɪŋ[/t]] adj. Informal. 1) foolish; silly: a footling amateur[/ex] 2) trifling; trivial: a footling remark[/ex] • Etymology: 1895–1900; footle+ ing …   From formal English to slang

  • footling — /foot ling/, adj. Informal. 1. foolish; silly: ridiculous, footling remarks. 2. trifling or useless. [1895 1900; FOOTLE + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • Footling presentation — There are single footling or double footling presentations depending upon whether the presenting part of the baby at delivery is just one foot or both feet. * * * presentation of the fetus in labor with one (single footling) or both feet (double… …   Medical dictionary

  • footling — 1. adjective /ˈfʊt.lɪŋ,ˈfuːt.lɪŋ/ trivial; unimportant; useless; silly; inept; irritating 2. noun /ˈfʊt.lɪŋ,ˈfuːt.lɪŋ/ a fetus oriented so that, at birth, its feet will emerge first. A type of breech bi …   Wiktionary

  • footling — A fetal foot, particularly one that descends into the birth canal in an incomplete breech presentation. [foot, fr. A. S. fot, + ling, dim. suffix] …   Medical dictionary

  • footling — foo|tling [ futlıŋ ] adjective OLD FASHIONED not important or useful and therefore annoying …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • footling — foo·tling || fuːtlɪŋ adj. worthless, stupid (Slang) foo·tle || fuːtl n. nonsense; silliness; foolishness v. act or talk foolishly, act in a silly manner; loiter …   English contemporary dictionary

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