tomfoolery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tomfoolery foolish or senseless behavior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tomfoolery Folly; trifling.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tomfoolery Foolish trifling; ridiculous behavior; nonsense.
    • n tomfoolery Silly trifles; absurd ornaments or knick-knacks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tomfoolery foolish trifling or jesting: buffoonery
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

It's all this infernal tactics and West P'int tomfoolery!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Lot o' tomfoolery, isn't it?
"Wintry Peacock" by D. H. Lawrence
I suppose the people will have all the satin slipper and rice throwing tomfoolery.
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
We've got to stop this tomfoolery.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
And I know you, in spite of them tomfoolery dresses you've got on.
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
Call this sort of tomfoolery being protected by the police?
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
What on earth do you mean by all this tomfoolery?
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
I guess it's about time that fellow come out and exploded some of this tomfoolery.
"The Faith Healer" by William Vaughn Moody
I'm not here for any tomfoolery.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was plain that they meant business, and that the demonstration was no mere empty tomfoolery.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
It is school-boy tomfoolery!
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
I want a wife, and I want a girl who hasn't been spoilt by the tomfoolery of the world.
"The Beggar Man" by Ruby Mildred Ayres
See here, Cap'n, there's no occasion for an unnecessary amount of tomfoolery about this thing.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
What tomfoolery is that?
"Wau-nan-gee or the Massacre at Chicago" by Major John Richardson
As a rule this sort of thing struck me as the most pitiful tomfoolery.
"The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame
All the time prankin' round on some tomfoolery.
"The Sun Maid" by Evelyn Raymond
I have just taken a wife, and am in want of ready money to buy some of the customary tomfooleries of the occasion.
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever
Remember this, Uncle Auguste's fortune was not made to encourage tomfoolery.
"Fragments of an Autobiography" by Felix Moscheles
I thought you couldn't, and just listen to your roars now over some tomfoolery.
"Life on the Stage" by Clara Morris
What other planet could boast of such simultaneously astonishing ingenuity and wondrous tomfoolery?
"The Secret of the Ninth Planet" by Donald Allen Wollheim
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In news:

A new theater opened Wednesday night with magical tomfoolery.
Known as a brawler, Bonnar takes satisfaction in his 'tomfoolery.
Cartoons, GIFs, graphic novels, and other election tomfoolery.
' Hunchback ' of Preening and Peeping Tomfoolery.
The Star's editorial Joco shenanigans and cig-tax tomfoolery .
Americans have low tolerance for tomfoolery .
'Mad Men' mystery, talk show tomfoolery and a new look at Jackie O.
Today's Show: More GOP Tomfoolery .
Tales of Tebow, Twitter, TV and Tomfoolery .
Jon Rosen and company take quintessential satirist Tom Lehrer's ' Tomfoolery ' over the hill.
'Hunchback' of Preening and Peeping Tomfoolery .
We expect some tomfoolery from sites like The Onion and Funny or Die on April 1, but these companies surprise us year after year.
Spring fever seems to trigger light-hearted celebrations and other acts of tomfoolery.
For its 10th and final year, the mini-festival embarks on 10 days of avant-garde tomfoolery.
So it is with BodyVox, a youthful dance company known for its abundant tomfoolery.
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