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foolish

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adjective fool·ish \ˈfü-lish\

Simple Definition of foolish

  • : having or showing a lack of good sense or judgment

Full Definition of foolish

  1. 1 :  lacking in sense, judgment, or discretion

  2. 2 a :  absurd, ridiculous b :  marked by a loss of composure :  nonplussed

  3. 3 :  insignificant, trifling

fool·ish·ly adverb

Examples of foolish

  1. He was wearing a foolish grin.

  2. She's been taking foolish risks.

  3. Those flashy clothes make her look foolish.

  4. She must feel foolish wearing those flashy clothes.

  5. I never thought you'd be foolish enough to believe him.



13th Century

First Known Use of foolish

13th century

Synonym Discussion of foolish

simple, foolish, silly, fatuous, asinine mean actually or apparently deficient in intelligence. simple implies a degree of intelligence inadequate to cope with anything complex or involving mental effort <considered people simple who had trouble with computers>. foolish implies the character of being or seeming unable to use judgment, discretion, or good sense <foolish stunts>. silly suggests failure to act as a rational being especially by ridiculous behavior <the silly antics of revelers>. fatuous implies foolishness, inanity, and disregard of reality <fatuous conspiracy theories>. asinine suggests utter and contemptible failure to use normal rationality or perception <an asinine plot>.

Rhymes with foolish



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