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Examples of tomfoolery in a Sentence
There was a lot of tomfoolery going on behind the scenes.
the open bar may have had something to do with the tomfoolery at the wedding reception
Recent Examples of tomfoolery from the Web
Valencia and Soria then exchanged words — Valencia apparently was upset at Soria’s quick-pitch tomfoolery — before Servais came on to the edge of the field to shadow his first baseman back into the dugout.
Multiple people also pointed out the similarities between this tomfoolery and a scene from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, in which Charlie rolls into a movie theater eating spaghetti out of a bag.
This becomes clear at the end, when we’re given a rousing depiction of the terrific buffoonery and crazy tomfoolery Tommy achieved at his induction ceremony.
From the boppin’ soundtrack to the formation of the #LawrenceHive, here are the funniest social media reactions to the first episode (Plus the cast and crew were also live-tweeting, so the tomfoolery was at its peak!).
And Axios co-founder Mike Allen relays his take on the tomfoolery bewitching the swamp.
Despite all the head-scratching tomfoolery, Auburn still had two shots at a Hail Mary at the end to win the game against a Clemson team that would go on to win the national title.
The postseason is no place for such shenanigans or tomfoolery.
The cast was great and the weekly tomfoolery was hilarious.
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Did You Know?
In the Middle Ages, "Thome Fole" was a name assigned to those perceived to be of little intelligence. This eventually evolved into the spelling tomfool, which, when capitalized, also referred to a professional clown or a buffoon in a play or pageant. The name Tom seems to have been chosen for its common-man quality, much like "Joe Blow" for an ordinary person or "Johnny Reb" for a soldier in the Confederate army, but tomfoolery need not apply strictly to actions by men. In Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (1908), for example, Marilla Cuthbert complains of Anne: "She's gadding off somewhere with Diana, writing stories or practicing dialogues or some such tomfoolery, and never thinking once about the time or her duties."
First Known Use of tomfoolery
Synonymsbuffoonery, clownery, clowning, foolery, high jinks (also hijinks), horsing around, monkey business, monkeying, monkeyshine (s), roughhouse, roughhousing, shenanigan (s), skylarking, slapstick, horseplay
Related Wordschildishness, clownishness, foolishness, funning, jesting, joking, nonsense, silliness, waggery; boisterousness, rambunctiousness, rowdiness, rowdyism, rumbustiousness [chiefly British]; devilry (or deviltry), impishness, knavery, mischief, mischievousness, prankishness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, trickery; cavorting, frivolity, frolicking, gamboling (or gambolling), merrymaking, playfulness, revelry, roistering, romping, sporting, sportiveness
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