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foolish

[ foo-lish ]
/ ˈfu lɪʃ /
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adjective
resulting from or showing a lack of sense; ill-considered: unwise: a foolish action;a foolish speech.
lacking forethought or caution.
trifling, insignificant, or paltry.
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Origin of foolish

First recorded in 1250–1300, foolish is from the Middle English word folish, foolish. See fool1, -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM foolish

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A foolish action is one that shows a lack of sense or is ill-considered. How is foolish different from fatuous, silly, inane, stupid, and asinine? Find out on Thesaurus.com

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British Dictionary definitions for foolish

foolish
/ (ˈfuːlɪʃ) /

adjective
unwise; silly
resulting from folly or stupidity
ridiculous or absurd; not worthy of consideration
weak-minded; simple
an archaic word for insignificant

Derived forms of foolish

foolishly, adverbfoolishness, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with foolish

foolish

see penny wise and pound foolish.

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