fool·​ery | \ ˈfül-rē How to pronounce foolery (audio) , ˈfü-lə-\
plural fooleries

Definition of foolery

1 : a foolish act, utterance, or belief
2 : foolish behavior

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Examples of foolery in a Sentence

an amusing bit of foolery it's foolery to expect me to let you shoplift that DVD

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The conceit allowed for some fancy dancing, along with a display of the talents of the musical director, Gregory Boover, who also portrayed Feste as a jazz musician, giving weight to his character’s foolery. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Twelfth Night’ Review: A Bland Transposition," 11 July 2019 After a recent demo using GNSS spoofing confused a Tesla, a researcher from Cyber@BGU reached out about an alternative bit of car tech foolery. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Signs from above: Drone with projector successfully trolls car AI," 28 June 2019 Kim Kardashian walking around in cornrows after her husband saying that ‘slavery was a choice’ is 2018 foolery in a nutshell. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Tries to Explain Why She Wore Cornrow Braids Again," 22 June 2018 The 30-second teaser aired after last week’s episode promises the usual tom-foolery, along with the queens going gaga over Shania. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Shania Twain Impresses Us Much On the Runway of 'RuPaul's Drag Race': First Pics," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of foolery

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of foolery was in 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of foolery

old-fashioned : foolish or silly behavior

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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