Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb footle

2 senses of footle

Sense 1
loiter, lounge, footle, lollygag, loaf, lallygag, hang around, mess about, tarry, linger, lurk, mill about, mill around -- (be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?")
       => be -- (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer")

Sense 2
footle -- (act foolishly, as by talking nonsense)
       => act, behave, do -- (behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people")

Antonyms of adj footling

1 sense of footling

Sense 1
fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial -- ((informal) 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"; "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")

INDIRECT (VIA unimportant) -> important, of import -- (of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day")

Similarity of adj footling

1 sense of footling

Sense 1
fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial -- ((informal) 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"; "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")
       => unimportant (vs. important) -- (not important; "a relatively unimportant feature of the system"; "the question seems unimportant")

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