Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

bêtise

play
noun bê·tise \bā-ˈtēz\

Definition of bêtise

plural bê·tises \-ˈtēz\

  1. 1 :  an act of foolishness or stupidity

  2. 2 :  lack of good sense :  stupidity



Examples of bêtise

  1. <writing a sequel to a Jane Austen novel must be regarded as a literary bêtise of the highest order>



Origin of bêtise

French, from bête idiot, fool, literally, beast


First Known Use: 1798


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bêtise? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 100 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ