- foolish or silly behavior; tomfoolishness.
- a silly act, matter, or thing.
Origin of tomfoolery
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1. foolishness, silliness, horseplay, monkeyshines.
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Examples from the Web for tomfoolery
When is the carnival, and when does this piece of tomfoolery come off?The First Violin
He liked Laurent on account of his tomfoolery, which made him laugh.Therese Raquin
We don't want this tomfoolery, nor to be treated like children.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
A man must be a glutton for tomfoolery if he could not be satisfied with that.'Lord Kilgobbin
If you know anything, you can surely say it without all this tomfoolery.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
- foolish behaviour
- utter nonsense; rubbish
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Word Origin and History for tomfoolery
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