Definition of footling in English:



  • Trivial and irritating:

    ‘year after year you come with the same footling complaint’
    • ‘Unfortunately the analyses of actual music are pedestrian and footling.’
    • ‘But I have to say that I won't be detained by footling objections of this kind.’
    • ‘He lists the erosion of liberty with enough precision to make objections to his flippancy seem footling (and based on straightforward political hostility).’
    • ‘It's fox hunting all over again - I cannot think of a more footling way to judge an author's ability than by the attention he pays to a particular social class.’
    • ‘But such complaints seem footling in the face of such a grandstanding display.’
    • ‘It may be reassuring to some Americans to think of our country as above the community of nations and beyond the footling machinations of minor states.’
    • ‘Don't abuse the privilege of having my cell number by wasting my valuable time on this kind of footling nonsense.’
    • ‘Still, these are footling changes, and most of the text remains commendably unimproved.’
    • ‘At work, I am confronted with students engaged in every form of self-destruction, from frittering away their time on footling hedonism, to literal self-laceration and suicide attempts.’
    • ‘An espionage conviction, no matter how footling the cited offense, was considered tantamount to proof of treason (except in the Fifth District of Wisconsin).’
    • ‘Yet here we are, hours later, arguing footling amendments, ridiculously trivial rubbish, that the so-called famous chairman of the select committee, all on his own behalf, changes the number, and all the rest of it.’
    • ‘A cheese eater from the moment I was born, I have always turned my nose up at the footling quoits and mini-pyramids of cream the French call cheese.’
    • ‘The true Way to the Knowledge of the Source is not the timid and footling way of the Student, but the Divine Foolery of the Hacker.’
    trivial, trifling, petty, insignificant, unimportant, minor, silly, pointless, immaterial, irrelevant, inessential, non-essential, time-wasting, fiddling, hair-splitting, paltry, nugatory, worthless
    of little account, not worth bothering about, not worth mentioning
    piddling, piffling, penny-ante
    nickel-and-dime, small-bore, picayune
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