To loaf or loiter aimlessly (around some place); to waste time idly or by doing pointless things. There were such long stretches in the summer when we were kids where we had nothing to do but go outside and footle about all day. I want to go and do exciting things and see remarkable sights while we're in Rome, not just footle about the city center drinking coffee.
See also: footle
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