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
Recent Examples on the Web All the organs of his body were working — bowels digesting food, skin renewing itself, nails growing, tissues forming — all toiling away in solemn foolery. John Hirschauer, National Review, "What Does It Mean to Destroy a Fetus?," 17 Sep. 2019 In memory, during that long-ago evening on the edge of the woods, even my young children were drawn into its whirligig of shipwrecks, twins in disguise, misread letters, wise foolery and foolish wisdom. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Twelfth Night’ Review: A Bland Transposition," 11 July 2019 Elsewhere, the lack of physicality that muted the foolery also seemed a factor affecting many actors’ deliveries. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Twelfth Night’ Review: A Bland Transposition," 11 July 2019 This single photograph simultaneously invokes the histories of racial violence and racial degradation, cruelly dismissing their gravity by casting them in the guise of comedy and youthful foolery. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019 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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“Foolery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of foolery

old-fashioned : foolish or silly behavior

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