tomfoolery


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tom·fool·er·y

 (tŏm-fo͞o′lə-rē)
n. pl. tom·fool·er·ies
1. Foolish behavior.
2. Something trivial or foolish; nonsense.

tomfoolery

(ˌtɒmˈfuːlərɪ)
n, pl -eries
1. foolish behaviour
2. utter nonsense; rubbish

tom•fool•er•y

(ˌtɒmˈfu lə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
foolish or silly behavior.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tomfoolery - foolish or senseless behaviortomfoolery - 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

tomfoolery

noun
1. foolishness, messing around (informal), shenanigans, clowning, stupidity, larks (informal), fooling around (informal), silliness, idiocy, skylarking (informal), horseplay, buffoonery, childishness Were you serious, or was that a bit of tomfoolery?
foolishness seriousness, sobriety, solemnity, heaviness, sternness, demureness, sedateness
2. nonsense, rot, tosh (slang, chiefly Brit.), rubbish, pants (slang), trash, bunk (informal), bilge (informal), twaddle, baloney (informal), claptrap (informal), hogwash, poppycock (informal), inanity, balderdash, bosh (informal), stuff and nonsense, hooey (slang), tommyrot, bunkum or buncombe (chiefly U.S.) That sounds like post-modernist toomfoolery.

tomfoolery

noun
Translations
bárgyúságostobaságsületlenség

tomfoolery

[tɒmˈfuːlərɪ] Npayasadas fpl, tonterías fpl

tomfoolery

[ˌtɒmˈfuːləri] nespièglerie f

tomfoolery

nBlödsinn m, → Unsinn m

tomfoolery

[ˌtɒmˈfuːlərɪ] nsciocchezze fpl
References in classic literature ?
tomfoolery, in imitation of certain sacred rites of our holy religion.
Of course, my tomfoolery might compromise her; yet certain other feelings and desires had begun to form themselves in my brain.
We have had enough of this tomfoolery," he said scornfully.
She's gadding off somewhere with Diana, writing stories or practicing dialogues or some such tomfoolery, and never thinking once about the time or her duties.
D'Artagnan," exclaimed Aramis, "I have long ago given up all such tomfoolery.
I have been told of this infernal tomfoolery," he said, "but I didn't believe it till now.
They encourage their owners in the tomfoolery, and the consequence is that in the circles I am speaking of what "dear Fido" has done, does do, will do, won't do, can do, can't do, was doing, is doing, is going to do, shall do, shan't do, and is about to be going to have done is the continual theme of discussion from morning till night.
It takes two to make a row, and I, for one, refuse to have anything to do with such tomfoolery.
Anyway, all this tomfoolery is a great waste of time," continued the lady, glancing up and down the jury disparagingly.
An end to the silly confusion, under the one name of Art, of the tomfoolery and make-believe of our play-hours with the higher methods of teaching men to know themselves
We are in a civilised land here, and we can't have tomfoolery of this kind.
There's some tomfoolery going on here that has to be investigated.