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1. Lacking or exhibiting a lack of good sense or judgment; silly: a foolish boy; a foolish purchase.
2. Capable of arousing laughter; absurd or ridiculous: a foolish grin.
3. Embarrassed; abashed: I feel foolish telling you this.
4. Insignificant; trivial: foolish little knickknacks.

fool′ish·ly adv.
fool′ish·ness n.
Synonyms: foolish, absurd, fatuous, ludicrous, preposterous, ridiculous, silly
These adjectives are applied to people or things that show an absence of good judgment or common sense: a foolish expenditure of energy; an absurd idea that is bound to fail; fatuous optimism that does not take the real problem into account; dismissed her ludicrous criticism; a preposterous excuse that no one believed; offered a ridiculous explanation for his tardiness; a silly argument.




  1. A blockhead is as ridiculous when he talks as is a goose when it flies —Lord Halifax

    The words ‘talks’ and ‘flies’ have been modernized from the old English ‘talketh’ and ‘flieth.’

  2. Comparing them [American and Oriental women] is like comparing oven broilers and banties —Bobbie Ann Mason
  3. Felt foolishness drag like excess flesh on his face —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  4. Foolish as to cut off the head to preserve the hair —Anon

    An alternative to the cliche, “As foolish as to cut off your nose to spite your face.”

  5. Foolish as to judge a horse by its harness —Anon
  6. A fool is like other men as long as he is silent —Jacob Cats
  7. A fool … says little, but that little said owes all its weight, like loaded dice, to lead —William Cowper
  8. Gullible as geese —Anon
  9. How foolish one would be to climb into the ring with love and try to trade blows with him, like a boxer —Sophocles
  10. If all fools wore white caps, we should look like a flock of geese —Proverb
  11. I’ll not be a fool like the nightingale who is up till midnight without any ale —Dylan Thomas
  12. Life’s little suckers chirp like crickets while spending all on losing tickets —Ogden Nash
  13. Lightheaded as a thistle —Mary Lavin

    See Also: LIGHTNESS

  14. A man who commits suicide is like a man who longs for a gate to be opened and who cuts his throat before he reaches the gate —Dylan Thomas
  15. Senseless … it’s like wearing a bulletproof vest with a hole over the heart —Senator John Heinz, December, 1985 news item
  16. Unrealistic … like someone who eats like a linebacker but yearns for the shape of a fashion model —Anon
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foolishness - the trait of acting stupidly or rashlyfoolishness - 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
2.foolishness - 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
3.foolishness - a stupid mistakefoolishness - 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"


1. stupidity, irresponsibility, recklessness, idiocy, weakness, absurdity, indiscretion, silliness, inanity, imprudence, rashness, foolhardiness, folly, bêtise (rare) the foolishness of dangerously squabbling politicians
2. nonsense, carrying-on (informal, chiefly Brit.), rubbish, trash, bunk (informal), claptrap (informal), rigmarole, foolery, bunkum or buncombe (chiefly U.S.) There's no shortage of foolishness.
"Mix a little foolishness with your prudence; it's good to be silly at the right moment" [Horace Odes]


غَباء، حَماقَه، سَخافَه


[ˈfuːlɪʃnɪs] Ninsensatez f, estupidez f


[ˈfuːlɪʃnɪs] nstupidité f


nDummheit f; enough of this foolishnesslassen wir diese Dummheiten


[ˈfuːlɪʃnɪs] nstupidità


(fuːl) noun
a person without sense or intelligence. He is such a fool he never knows what to do.
1. to deceive. She completely fooled me with her story.
2. (often with about or around) to act like a fool or playfully. Stop fooling about!
ˈfoolish adjective
1. having no sense. He is a foolish young man.
2. ridiculous. He looked very foolish.
ˈfoolishly adverb
ˈfoolishness noun
ˈfoolhardy adjective
taking foolish risks; rash. He made a foolhardy attempt to climb the mountain in winter.
ˈfoolhardiness noun
ˈfoolproof adjective
unable to go wrong. His new plan seems completely foolproof.
make a fool of
to make (someone) appear ridiculous or stupid. He made a real fool of her by promising to marry her and then leaving her when he had spent all her money.
make a fool of oneself
to act in such a way that people consider one ridiculous or stupid. She made a fool of herself at the party.
play the fool
to act in a foolish manner, especially with the intention of amusing other people. He always played the fool when the teacher left the classroom.


n. tontería, bobería.
References in classic literature ?
I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, two or three feet thick, the door of wood and iron, a foot thick, and the iron grating which strained the light, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated my as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up.
I choked out some words through my grief and misery; as much as to say I would spare the sun; for which the lad's eyes paid me back with such deep and loving gratitude that I had not the heart to tell him his good-hearted foolishness had ruined me and sent me to my death.
It is poetic foolishness to hunt it with a gun; very few people do that; there is not one man in a million who can hit it with a gun.
I reckon if you'd ever be'n a mother yo'self, Valet de Chambers, you wouldn't talk sich foolishness as dat.
He kept up this grotesque foolishness for some time; but by-and-by, while he was in the midst of some dangerous gymnastic performances, he glanced aside and saw that the little girl was wending her way toward the house.
I only wish I'd known how to take a little of my foolishness along with me, as some folks do, to brighten my declining years.
The worthy woman bustled off, and I crouched nearer the fire; my head felt hot, and the rest of me chill: moreover, I was excited, almost to a pitch of foolishness, through my nerves and brain.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Peace, my father," she said, "do not speak to me of marriage, for I will wed no man, now that Umslopogaas is dead because of my foolishness.
More potent intoxicants these than any that need licenses for their purveyance, responsible-- see the poets--for no end of human foolishness.
Think not of such foolishness, Sir Knight,'' answered Rebecca, ``but hasten to the Regent, the Queen Mother, and to Prince John they cannot, in honour to the English crown, allow of the proceedings of your Grand Master.
That was foolishness, for though Tabaqui is a mischief-maker, he would have told thee of something that concerned thee closely.