Definition of footling in US English:

footling

adjective

  • Trivial and irritating.

    ‘year after year you come with the same footling complaint’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the analyses of actual music are pedestrian and footling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't abuse the privilege of having my cell number by wasting my valuable time on this kind of footling nonsense.’
    • ‘But such complaints seem footling in the face of such a grandstanding display.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An espionage conviction, no matter how footling the cited offense, was considered tantamount to proof of treason (except in the Fifth District of Wisconsin).’
    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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Pronunciation

footling

/ˈfud(ə)lɪŋ//ˈfo͞od(ə)liNG/