AskDefine | Define footling

Dictionary Definition

footling adj : (informal terms) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "Mickey Mouse regulations"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction" [syn: fiddling, lilliputian, little, Mickey Mouse, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial]

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English

Etymology

foot + -ling

Pronunciation

  • a UK
    • /ˈfʊt.lɪŋ/ /"fUt.lIN/
    • sense Verb /ˈfuːt.lɪŋ/ /"fu:t.lIN/

Noun

  1. an unborn baby oriented so that its feet will emerge first. A type of breech birth.

Verb

footling
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