foolish

adjective
fool·ish | \ˈfü-lish \

Definition of foolish 

1 : having or showing a lack of good sense, judgment, or discretion a foolish mistake She takes foolish risks.

2a : absurd, ridiculous He looked foolish in that hat.

b : marked by a loss of composure : nonplussed He felt foolish when he couldn't remember where he had parked the car.

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Other Words from foolish

foolishly adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of foolish in a Sentence

He was wearing a foolish grin. She's been taking foolish risks. Those flashy clothes make her look foolish. She must feel foolish wearing those flashy clothes. I never thought you'd be foolish enough to believe him.
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The people who upload the videos, however, and those who come after any woman foolish enough to argue against him, have no such qualms. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 Whether this self-interest is venal or foolish is irrelevant. Nathaniel Rich, The Atlantic, "The Novel That Asks, ‘What Went Wrong With Mankind?’," 11 May 2018 That was a foolish move since the colonies, which had become leading exporters of agricultural and fish products, had more than enough food. Hoyt Hilsman, WSJ, "Tariffs Made America Great," 10 July 2018 Which one will make our rankings look the most foolish by the end of the year? Chris Johnson And Eric Single, SI.com, "Inside SI's Top 100 Players of 2018: Settling Debates and Predicting Our Biggest Misses," 25 June 2018 Privatizing the space station is a foolish middle path, akin to King Solomon slicing the baby in two. Konstantin Kakaes, Vox, "NASA’s leader wants to privatize the International Space Station. It’s a remarkably terrible idea.," 8 June 2018 Fortunately, the vast majority of folks who attempt foolish crash diets soon abandon them. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Crash diets might be good for right now, but will punish you long term," 10 May 2018 The idea that teachers should double as armed guards is a particularly foolish delusion. Kenan Jaffe, Fortune, "I Get Paid to Teach High School Students, Not to Kill or Die on the Job," 1 Mar. 2018 But instead of embracing the cheesiness of its underlying tale, Alex Garland lards on layers of foolish randomness to give the illusion of depth. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Annihilation is a gorgeous movie that went terribly wrong," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of foolish

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for foolish

see fool entry 1

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foolish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of foolish

: having or showing a lack of good sense or judgment

foolish

adjective
fool·ish | \ˈfü-lish \

Kids Definition of foolish

: showing or resulting from lack of good sense a foolish man a foolish choice

Other Words from foolish

foolishly adverb
foolishness noun

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