pound-foolish

adjective
pound-fool·​ish | \ˈpau̇n(d)-ˈfü-lish \

Definition of pound-foolish 

: imprudent in dealing with large sums or large matters

First Known Use of pound-foolish

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pound-foolish

from the phrase penny-wise and pound-foolish

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pound-foolish

Share pound-foolish

Statistics for pound-foolish

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pound-foolish

The first known use of pound-foolish was in 1598

See more words from the same year

Comments on pound-foolish

What made you want to look up pound-foolish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to enclose within walls

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!