foolish [foo-lish] SynonymsExamplesWord Originadjective
- resulting from or showing a lack of sense; ill-considered; unwise: a foolish action, a foolish speech.
- lacking forethought or caution.
- trifling, insignificant, or paltry.
Origin of foolish First recorded in 1250–1300, foolish is from the Middle English word folish, foolish. See fool1, -ish1 Related formsfool·ish·ly, adverbfool·ish·ness, nouno·ver·fool·ish, adjectiveo·ver·fool·ish·ly, adverbo·ver·fool·ish·ness, nounqua·si-fool·ish, adjectivequa·si-fool·ish·ly, adverbun·fool·ish, adjectiveun·fool·ish·ly, adverbun·fool·ish·ness, nounSynonyms for foolish 1, 2. senseless, vacant, vapid, simple, witless. Foolish, fatuous, silly, inane, stupid, asinine imply weakness of intellect and lack of judgment. Foolish implies lack of common sense or good judgment or, sometimes, weakness of mind: a foolish decision; The child seems foolish. Fatuous implies being not only foolish, dull, and vacant in mind, but complacent and highly self-satisfied as well: fatuous and self-important; fatuous answers. Silly denotes extreme and conspicuous foolishness; it may also refer to pointlessness of jokes, remarks, etc.: silly and senseless behavior; a perfectly silly statement. Inane applies to silliness that is notably lacking in content, sense, or point: inane questions that leave one no reply. Stupid implies natural slowness or dullness of intellect, or, sometimes, a benumbed or dazed state of mind; it is also used to mean foolish or silly: well-meaning but stupid; rendered stupid by a blow; It is stupid to do such a thing. Asinine originally meant like an ass; it applies to witlessly stupid conversation or conduct and suggests a lack of social grace or perception: He failed to notice the reaction to his asinine remarks. 1. imprudent, unreasonable, foolhardy, irrational; thoughtless, nonsensical, ridiculous, absurd, pointless, preposterous. Related Words for foolish insane, crazy, stupid, irrational, fantastic, ludicrous, unreasonable, preposterous, ridiculous, silly, absurd, unwise, ill-advised, asinine, brainless, daffy, daft, dotty, fatuous, feebleminded Examples from the Web for foolish Contemporary Examples of foolish
Sweden explores new frontiers in our misguided, foolish, pointless obsession with rating and censoring entertainment.
November 20, 2014
One strip, Foolish Grandpa and Sour Henry, shows Grandpa being hit on the head by a sandbag and blown up by dynamite.
November 2, 2014
McConnell did what he did in 2005, and he was foolish enough to boast about it in public less than two weeks before an election.
October 28, 2014
The only thing these “tests” reveal is a window into the foolish psyche of whomever applies them.
October 23, 2014
How foolish to ask what is the best education for one or seven or sixty million souls!
Michael S. Roth
August 30, 2014
Historical Examples of foolish
Your brother was foolish enough to leave his boat in Rushton’s care.
Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.
Jeff cleared his throat and looked about with foolish importance.
But God must be able to let them know what foolish creatures they are, majie!
Above all, shun the snares of women, for they are ever set for the foolish feet of the young.
Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for foolish foolish adjective
- unwise; silly
- resulting from folly or stupidity
- ridiculous or absurd; not worthy of consideration
- weak-minded; simple
- an archaic word for insignificant
Derived Formsfoolishly, adverbfoolishness, noun Word Origin and History for foolish adj.
Idioms and Phrases with foolish foolish
see penny wise and pound foolish.