foolery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n foolery foolish or senseless behavior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Foolery An act of folly or weakness; a foolish practice; something absurd or nonsensical. "That Pythagoras, Plato, or Orpheus, believed in any of these fooleries , it can not be suspected."
    • Foolery The practice of folly; the behavior of a fool; absurdity. "Folly in fools bears not so strong a note,
      As foolery in the wise, when wit doth dote."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foolery The habit of acting foolishly; habitual folly; attention to trifles.
    • n foolery An act of folly; a trifling or senseless action.
    • n foolery A foolish performance; a farcical exhibition; a mummery; a farce.
    • n foolery A foolish belief or practice; anything based on fatuity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Foolery an act of folly: habitual folly
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fol (Fr. fou), It. folle—L. follis, a wind-bag.

Usage

In literature:

These fooleries sure must be a happy employ.
"In Praise of Folly Illustrated with Many Curious Cuts" by Desiderius Erasmus
Thus lists me fondly with fond folk to toy, And answer fools with equall foolerie.
"Democritus Platonissans" by Henry More
And now, you look here," he added, suddenly changing his tone, "we've had about enough of this foolery.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
See here, Porter, what sort of tom-foolery is this?
"Dave Porter and His Double" by Edward Stratemeyer
What does matter is that two and two make four, and the rest is all foolery.
"Fathers and Children" by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
The meeting had a grim sense of humour, and enjoyed nothing more than really elaborate foolery.
"Gold" by Stewart White
He was jawing away about watered copra and a sight of foolery.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It all seems a great piece of foolery when one looks back, but at the time we thought it high-minded and justifiable rebellion.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
Hence, without doubt, it becomes necessary men should replace stale fooleries by those which are novel.
"Letters to Eugenia" by Baron d'Holbach
This brings us, naturally, to the eve of All Saints, an occasion much given over to feasting and foolery.
"The Corner House Girls in a Play" by Grace Brooks Hill
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In poetry:

Still "shook" on some beautiful, blushing she?
Girl in the Bogan side, Paddy Magee?
A hack providing
For moonlight riding,
Side-saddle foolery, Paddy Magee?
"Paddy McGee" by Harry Breaker Morant
You kin boast about yer cities, and their stiddy growth and size,
And brag about yer County-seats, and business enterprise,
And railroads, and factories, and all sich foolery--
But the little Town o' Tailholt is big enough fer me!
"The Little Town O' Tailholt" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

The Leave 'Em Laughing tent of the Sons of the Desert, the international Laurel and Hardy club, will meet on Friday, Feb 4, for an evening of Feuding Fun and Tom-Foolery.
Nov 14, 2012, Market Foolery Podcast.
Comparisons may prove it's all Tom-foolery, but Giants fans gotta like QB's confidence.
Guitar superhero Zakk Wylde has been transmogrified into a puppet in the new 'Question of the Episode' segment of a Foam Foolery cartoon.
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