fool·​ish·​ness | \ ˈfü-lish-nəs How to pronounce foolishness (audio) \

Definition of foolishness

1 : foolish behavior
2 : a foolish act or idea

Examples of foolishness in a Sentence

the foolishness of going off to search for the fountain of youth couldn't listen to another second of their foolishness, so I told them to be quiet
Recent Examples on the Web One other thing: The people are friendly and formidable, quick to flash a smile at friendliness … and just as quick to suck our teeth at foolishness — so mind your manners. Juliet Pennington,, 26 May 2022 What Putin has done is a terrible foolishness and a crime against both the Russian and Ukrainian peoples. Stella Kalinina, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 Characters break the fourth wall to talk directly to the camera, sometimes to explain basketball strategy, and sometimes to comment on hypocritical foolishness. oregonlive, 1 Mar. 2022 The publishing industry happily appears to want nothing to do with such foolishness. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 18 Feb. 2022 Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine invasion exposed the foolishness of relying on despotic regimes for resources, particularly energy. John Barrasso, WSJ, 12 Apr. 2022 Put some foolishness in your April Fool’s Day with this very funny 1999 showbiz satire starring Steve Martin as a low-rent movie producer and Eddie Murphy as the unwitting star of Martin’s latest film. Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Editors and reporters who worked with him at The Chronicle marveled at his attention to detail, his passionate advocacy for his reporters, and a blunt manner that brooked no foolishness but always made the writing better. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Mar. 2022 The name, Sottise, translates to foolishness or silliness in French. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of foolishness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Foolishness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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