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[foo-luh-ree] /ˈfu lə ri/
noun, plural fooleries.
foolish action or conduct.
a foolish action, performance, or thing.
Origin of foolery
First recorded in 1545-55; fool1 + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A male—even such a male as Tibby—was enough to stop the foolery.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • You don't make your case any better by this sort of foolery.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • To wit, that a woman must needs be wed, and that otherwise she is but half a woman, and the like foolery.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • If he met the bairns coming from school, the Glen rang with the foolery.

  • So foolery was exchanged for foolery, and the thing throve well.

  • It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of gain-giving,66 as would, perhaps, trouble a woman.

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun; it shines everywhere.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • His answer was, He did remove it for two or three days, till this foolery was over.

  • He was always ready for foolery with the girls, but he was not the sort to go too far.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for foolery


noun (pl) -eries
foolish behaviour
an instance of this, esp a prank or trick
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Word Origin and History for foolery

1550s, from fool (n.) + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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