- 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.
Origin of foolish
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Related Words for foolishinsane, crazy, stupid, irrational, fantastic, ludicrous, unreasonable, preposterous, ridiculous, silly, absurd, unwise, ill-advised, asinine, brainless, daffy, daft, dotty, fatuous, feebleminded
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Contemporary Examples of foolish
Sweden explores new frontiers in our misguided, foolish, pointless obsession with rating and censoring entertainment.The Insane Swedish Plan to Rate Games for Sexism
November 20, 2014
One strip, Foolish Grandpa and Sour Henry, shows Grandpa being hit on the head by a sandbag and blown up by dynamite.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
McConnell did what he did in 2005, and he was foolish enough to boast about it in public less than two weeks before an election.Hooray for Liberal Fear-Mongering!
October 28, 2014
The only thing these “tests” reveal is a window into the foolish psyche of whomever applies them.Ex-NFL Linebacker: We Talk Around Race, Not About It
October 23, 2014
How foolish to ask what is the best education for one or seven or sixty million souls!College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School
Michael S. Roth
August 30, 2014
Historical Examples of foolish
Your brother was foolish enough to leave his boat in Rushton's care.Brave and Bold
Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.
Jeff cleared his throat and looked about with foolish importance.Way of the Lawless
But God must be able to let them know what foolish creatures they are, majie!Weighed and Wanting
Above all, shun the snares of women, for they are ever set for the foolish feet of the young.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- unwise; silly
- resulting from folly or stupidity
- ridiculous or absurd; not worthy of consideration
- weak-minded; simple
- an archaic word for insignificant
see penny wise and pound foolish.