folly


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

fol·ly

 (fŏl′ē)
n. pl. fol·lies
1. Lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight: an act of folly
2.
a. An act or instance of foolishness: regretted the follies of his youth.
b. A costly undertaking having an absurd or ruinous outcome.
3. follies(used with a sing. or pl. verb) An elaborate theatrical revue consisting of music, dance, and skits.
4. A structure, such as a pavilion in a garden, that is chiefly decorative rather than practical in purpose.

[Middle English folie, from Old French, from fol, foolish, from Late Latin follis, windbag, fool; see fool.]

folly

(ˈfɒlɪ)
n, pl -lies
1. the state or quality of being foolish; stupidity; rashness
2. a foolish action, mistake, idea, etc
3. (Architecture) a building in the form of a castle, temple, etc, built to satisfy a fancy or conceit, often of an eccentric kind
4. (Theatre) (plural) theatre an elaborately costumed revue
5. archaic
a. evil; wickedness
b. lewdness; wantonness
[C13: from Old French folie madness, from fou mad; see fool1]

fol•ly

(ˈfɒl i)

n., pl. -lies.
1. the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense.
2. a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.; absurdity.
3. a costly and foolish undertaking; unwise investment or expenditure.
4. a whimsical or extravagant and often useless structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, etc.
5. follies, a theatrical revue.
6. Obs. wickedness; wantonness.
[1175–1225; Middle English folie < Old French, derivative of fol, fou foolish, mad. See fool1]

folly

A sham building, sometimes a ruin, built to enhance a vista or a landscape.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.folly - the trait of acting stupidly or rashlyfolly - the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
indiscretion, injudiciousness - the trait of being injudicious
fatuity, fatuousness, silliness, absurdity - a ludicrous folly; "the crowd laughed at the absurdity of the clown's behavior"
asininity - the quality of being asinine; stupidity combined with stubbornness
wisdom, wiseness - the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
2.folly - a stupid mistakefolly - a stupid mistake      
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
3.folly - the quality of being rash and foolish; "trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly"; "adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness"
stupidity - a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience
4.folly - foolish or senseless behaviorfolly - foolish or senseless behavior  
frolic, gambol, romp, caper, play - gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"
meshugaas, mishegaas, mishegoss - (Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity
buffoonery, clowning, harlequinade, japery, prank, frivolity - acting like a clown or buffoon

folly

noun foolishness, bêtise (rare), nonsense, madness, stupidity, absurdity, indiscretion, lunacy, recklessness, silliness, idiocy, irrationality, imprudence, rashness, imbecility, fatuity, preposterousness, daftness (informal), desipience a reminder of the follies of war
reason, sense, judgment, wisdom, sanity, rationality, moderation, prudence, level-headedness
Quotations
"As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly" Bible: Proverbs

folly

noun
Translations
حَماقَه
hloupostpošetilost
galskab
butaságkönnyelműségostobaság
kjánaskapur, heimska
muļķībaneprāts
bobeira
aptallık

folly

[ˈfɒlɪ] N
1. (= foolishness, act of folly) → locura f
it would be folly to do itsería una locura hacerlo
2. (Archit) → disparate m

folly

[ˈfɒli] n
(= madness) → folie f
(= building) → folie f

folly

n (= foolishness, foolish thing)Torheit f, → Verrücktheit f; (= building) exzentrischer, meist völlig nutzloser Prachtbau; it is sheer folly (to do that)es ist der reinste Wahnsinn(, das zu tun)

folly

[ˈfɒlɪ] nfollia, pazzia

folly

(ˈfoli) plural ˈfollies noun
foolishness. the follies of youth.
References in classic literature ?
You are a willful child, and you've lost more than you know by this piece of folly.
If any such there be, and he will follow me from sun to sun, through the windings of the forest, he shall see enough to teach him that he is a fool, and that the greatest of his folly lies in striving to rise to the level of One he can never equal, be it in goodness, or be it in power.
But as long as my folly don't affect others, I can stand it.
But it were folly to lay any stress on stories of this kind, which are sure to spring up around such an event as that now related, and which, as in the present case, sometimes prolong themselves for ages afterwards, like the toadstools that indicate where the fallen and buried trunk of a tree has long since mouldered into the earth.
It was a folly, with the materiality of this daily life pressing so intrusively upon me, to attempt to fling myself back into another age, or to insist on creating the semblance of a world out of airy matter, when, at every moment, the impalpable beauty of my soap-bubble was broken by the rude contact of some actual circumstance.
Best, therefore, withhold any amazement at the strangely gallied whales before us, for there is no folly of the beasts of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.
They sent for the company doctor, and he examined the foot and told Jurgis to go home to bed, adding that he had probably laid himself up for months by his folly.
When the audience recognized these familiar mementos of Pudd'nhead's old time childish "puttering" and folly, the tense and funereal interest vanished out of their faces, and the house burst into volleys of relieving and refreshing laughter, and Tom chirked up and joined in the fun himself; but Wilson was apparently not disturbed.
The school stared in perplexity at this incredible folly.
The folly of not allowing people to be comfortable at homeand the folly of people's not staying comfortably at home when they can
Believe them to be stronger than I have declared; believe them, in short, to be such as his merit, and the suspicion--the hope of his affection for me may warrant, without imprudence or folly.
For your sake, and for Norah's, I am going to let you know what the scruple really is which has misled her into the pride and folly of refusing you.