Definition of footling in English:



  • Trivial and irritating.

    ‘year after year you come with the same footling complaint’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But such complaints seem footling in the face of such a grandstanding display.’
    • ‘He lists the erosion of liberty with enough precision to make objections to his flippancy seem footling (and based on straightforward political hostility).’
    • ‘Unfortunately the analyses of actual music are pedestrian and footling.’
    • ‘Still, these are footling changes, and most of the text remains commendably unimproved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An espionage conviction, no matter how footling the cited offense, was considered tantamount to proof of treason (except in the Fifth District of Wisconsin).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I have to say that I won't be detained by footling objections of this kind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    trivial, trifling, petty, insignificant, unimportant, minor, silly, pointless, immaterial, irrelevant, inessential, non-essential, time-wasting, fiddling, hair-splitting, paltry, nugatory, worthless
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