Definition of fool's errand
: a needless or profitless endeavor "No, no. You forced me into visiting him last year, and promised, if I went to see him, he should marry one of my daughters. But it ended in nothing, and I will not be sent on a fool's errand again."— Jane Austen Predicting what will happen with China is a fool's errand. China is the exception that proves so many rules wrong.— John Feffer While trying to change European opinion of America is not exactly a fool's errand, neither should we expect much from the effort.— James W. Ceaser
Keep scrolling for more
Love words? Need even more definitions?Merriam-Webster unabridged
Words at Play
Ask the Editors
- Why Do People Pronounce It "Nucular"?
- On Contractions of Multiple Words
- Is Singular 'They' a Better Choice?
- Word Puzzles Take the quiz
- Where in the World? A Quiz Take the quiz
- Spell It Take the quiz
- Syn City Play the game