foolish [foo-lish] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for foolish on adjective

  1. resulting from or showing a lack of sense; ill-considered; unwise: a foolish action, a foolish speech.
  2. lacking forethought or caution.
  3. 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 See more synonyms for on 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.

    The Insane Swedish Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

    Nick Gillespie

    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.

    The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    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.

    Hooray for Liberal Fear-Mongering!

    Michael Tomasky

    October 28, 2014

  • The only thing these “tests” reveal is a window into the foolish psyche of whomever applies them.

    Ex-NFL Linebacker: We Talk Around Race, Not About It

    Carl Banks

    October 23, 2014

  • How foolish to ask what is the best education for one or seven or sixty million souls!

    College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School

    Michael S. Roth

    August 30, 2014

  • Historical Examples of foolish

  • Your brother was foolish enough to leave his boat in Rushton’s care.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.

    United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches


  • Jeff cleared his throat and looked about with foolish importance.

    Way of the Lawless

    Max Brand

  • But God must be able to let them know what foolish creatures they are, majie!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Above all, shun the snares of women, for they are ever set for the foolish feet of the young.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • British Dictionary definitions for foolish foolish adjective

    1. unwise; silly
    2. resulting from folly or stupidity
    3. ridiculous or absurd; not worthy of consideration
    4. weak-minded; simple
    5. an archaic word for insignificant

    Derived Formsfoolishly, adverbfoolishness, noun Word Origin and History for foolish adj.

    early 14c., from fool (n.) + -ish. Related: Foolishly; foolishness. Old English words for this were dysig, stunt, dol.

    Idioms and Phrases with foolish foolish

    see penny wise and pound foolish.

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