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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
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  • "We have no time for tomfoolery," said the Secretary, breaking in savagely.

    The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton
  • If you must carry on this tomfoolery, why not do it by word of mouth?

    Dolly Reforming Herself Henry Arthur Jones
  • tomfoolery, that's what it is; a set of dressed-up bullies dancin' quadrilles on 'orseback; that ain't military manoeuvrin'.

    Voces Populi F. Anstey
  • W'y, you're a-turnin' it into a theayter with your play-actin' tomfoolery!

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • I mean to make him understand that his days of tomfoolery are over!

    The Pot Boiler Upton Sinclair
  • I'm afeared of what d'you call 'ems, some tomfoolery, you know.

    The Power of Darkness Leo Tolstoy
  • But when Barber saw the curtains, he called them "tomfoolery," and tore them down.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • It proves that your mediumism is—tomfoolery; that's what it proves!

    Fruits of Culture Leo Tolstoy
  • Yes, Sir, that's the kind of tomfoolery I've been puttin' up with all these years, and tryin' to hide from the neighbors!

  • They originated all that tomfoolery for their own individual delectation.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
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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