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

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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President Trump’s attempt to gut our nation’s Clean Power Plan is foolish. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "California files 55th lawsuit against Trump over repeal of clean-energy plan," 13 Aug. 2019 Not that Kawhi will say much at all, but any idea of anger from Toronto fans is foolish. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "NBA Schedule Release: Interesting Storylines That Will Shape the 2019-20 Season," 13 Aug. 2019 The secondary characters are the ones who are given first-rate opportunities to be foolish. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "Resistance is futile in Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost' in Ellicott City," 5 July 2019 The two Deadpool movies have become the highest-grossing entries in the X-Men franchise, and Disney would be foolish to throw that franchise away. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "What's Next for the X-Men After Dark Phoenix?," 7 June 2019 But what would cause someone to stand by a foolish decision? Robert Pearl, Vox, "Understanding the science of regrettable decisions," 23 July 2019 Even the pastor of the White House bible study group attended by many cabinet members preaches that environmentalism is radical and foolish, because God put natural resources on earth for his greatest creation, man, to use up. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "The Trump White House tries to rewrite its own history on the environment," 9 July 2019 Young, foolish, male Young males generally go after porcupines more often than other lions. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "When lions attack porcupines, humans suffer unexpected consequences," 5 July 2019 There is something sad, foolish, and human in the image of Shawn leaning against a boulder, propping his arms on it, and holding the binoculars to his eyes. David Canfield, EW.com, "First Look: The Andromeda Strain is back with a new look for its 50th anniversary," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of foolish

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for foolish

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The first known use of foolish was in the 13th century

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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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