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 From my perspective, developed cannabis brands would be foolish not to capitalize on these changes by launching an app in a timely fashion. Marcelo Gracietti, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 At the same time, covering the cost could help the recall effort, eliminating the argument by opponents that the recall would be financially foolish. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Sep. 2021 Still, Intel’s new plan would have looked foolish even nine months ago. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2021 Disney would be foolish not to test that proposition by seeing how high the price of Disney+ can go before subscribers start heading for the door. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 The senseless barbarity led to Robitaille's spirit growing restless and bloodthirsty for revenge, determined to forever haunt the real life public housing projects of Cabrini-Green and whoever else would be foolish bold enough to summon him. Ineye Komonibo,, 1 Sep. 2021 Golden State choosing James Wiseman over LaMelo Ball seems foolish. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 26 July 2021 Mae uses those assumptions like weapons against anyone foolish enough to underestimate or pigeonhole her. Christian Holub,, 3 Sep. 2021 This means that a business would be foolish not to take advantage of social media tools for reaching consumers. Salvador Ordorica, Forbes, 30 Aug. 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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The first known use of foolish was in the 13th century

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15 Oct 2021

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“Foolish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foolish

: having or showing a lack of good sense or judgment : stupid silly


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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