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 ?
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
Of course, my tomfoolery might compromise her; yet certain other feelings and desires had begun to form themselves in my brain.
We are in a civilised land here, and we can't have tomfoolery of this kind.
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.
D'Artagnan," exclaimed Aramis, "I have long ago given up all such tomfoolery.
If you know anything, you can surely say it without all this tomfoolery.
We have had enough of this tomfoolery," he said scornfully.
Church, parson, clerk, beadle, glass-coach, bells, breakfast, bride-cake, favours, marrow-bones, cleavers, and all the rest of the tomfoolery.
It takes two to make a row, and I, for one, refuse to have anything to do with such tomfoolery.
I have been told of this infernal tomfoolery," he said, "but I didn't believe it till now.
tomfoolery, in imitation of certain sacred rites of our holy religion.
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.