foolish

adjective
fool·​ish | \ ˈfü-lish How to pronounce foolish (audio) \

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Any other statement, of course, would be foolish—Governor Cooper, now in his second term, holds a veto that is no longer symbolic, thanks to the 2018 midterms breaking the GOP’s super-majority in the General Assembly. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 7 June 2021 Kevin Alejandro is an amazing actor, and any show that can exist on Earth and everywhere in between would be foolish not to find a way to bring him back. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 30 May 2021 Green Bay would be foolish to allow that same movie to have a sequel. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 23 May 2021 Her resistance to the various entreaties from Roman's team — foremost among them is a very good Chris Messina as a knowing attorney who nevertheless can't match Marla in court — seems reckless and foolish at first. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 17 Feb. 2021 But relying on him to make an immediate impact is foolish. Vincent Frank, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Senator Marco Rubio is sending a warning to Amazon, and the company would be foolish to ignore it. Jerry Bowyer, National Review, 19 Apr. 2021 But the administration would be foolish to suppose the surge will recede on its own. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 Your job is to enforce rules that range from reasonable to foolish with equal gusto but with almost no authority or enforcement powers except for a DEFCON 1 property lien. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Foolish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foolish. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce foolish (audio) \

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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