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[tom-foo-luh-ree] /ˌtɒmˈfu lə ri/
noun, plural tomfooleries.
foolish or silly behavior; tomfoolishness.
a silly act, matter, or thing.
Origin of tomfoolery
First recorded in 1805-15; tomfool + -ery
1. foolishness, silliness, horseplay, monkeyshines. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When is the carnival, and when does this piece of tomfoolery come off?

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • He liked Laurent on account of his tomfoolery, which made him laugh.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • 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 Charles Lever
  • If you know anything, you can surely say it without all this tomfoolery.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There's some tomfoolery going on here that has to be investigated.

  • Don't you know, girl, that the whole business was tomfoolery?

    The Last Woman

    Ross Beeckman
  • But when Barber saw the curtains, he called them "tomfoolery," and tore them down.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • If you must carry on this tomfoolery, why not do it by word of mouth?

    Dolly Reforming Herself Henry Arthur Jones
  • “It is all tomfoolery,” John answered with fixity of 139 purpose.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
British Dictionary definitions for tomfoolery


noun (pl) -eries
foolish behaviour
utter nonsense; rubbish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tomfoolery

1812, from tomfool + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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