One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Irish English. So as to be unable to stand upright. Only in "footlessly drunk", incapably drunk. Compare "footless", "legless"rare.
2Without firm basis, support, or footing. More generally: aimlessly, without direction; randomly.
3Of movement: without (apparent) use of the foot or feet. Often somewhat fanciful or poetic.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in National Advocate. From footless + -ly.
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