tomfoolery

[ tom-foo-luh-ree ]
/ ˌtɒmˈfu lə ri /

noun, plural tom·fool·er·ies.

foolish or silly behavior; tomfoolishness.
a silly act, matter, or thing.

Nearby words

  1. tomcod,
  2. tome,
  3. tomentose,
  4. tomentum,
  5. tomfool,
  6. tomism,
  7. tomium,
  8. tomlinson,
  9. tomlinson, henry major,
  10. tommasini

Origin of tomfoolery

First recorded in 1805–15; tomfool + -ery

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British Dictionary definitions for tomfoolery

tomfoolery

/ (ˌtɒmˈfuːlərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

foolish behaviour
utter nonsense; rubbish
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Word Origin and History for tomfoolery

tomfoolery

n.

1812, from tomfool + -ery.

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