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noun, plural fool·er·ies.
  1. foolish action or conduct.
  2. a foolish action, performance, or thing.
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Origin of foolery

First recorded in 1545–55; fool1 + -ery
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Related Words

game, sport, match, caricature, mockery, sarcasm, jeer, disdain, satire, derision, taunt, scorn, laughter, contempt, parody, taunting, madness, silliness, absurdity, nonsense

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noun plural -eries
  1. foolish behaviour
  2. an instance of this, esp a prank or trick
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Word Origin and History for foolery


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

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