To waste time; trifle.
To talk nonsense.
(chiefly brit., informal) To act or talk foolishly.
(chiefly brit., informal) Foolishness; nonsense; twaddle.
Origin of footle
- Probably variant of footer to screw around from obsolete fouter an act of sexual intercourse from French foutre to have sexual intercourse from Latin futuere bhau- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Probably variant of footer, to screw around, from obsolete fouter, an act of sexual intercourse, from French foutre, to have sexual intercourse, from Latin futuere