Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Foolish behavior or speech.
  • n. An instance of foolish behavior or speech; a jest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Foolish behaviour or speech.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The practice of folly; the behavior of a fool; absurdity.
  • n. An act of folly or weakness; a foolish practice; something absurd or nonsensical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The habit of acting foolishly; habitual folly; attention to trifles.
  • n. An act of folly; a trifling or senseless action.
  • n. A foolish performance; a farcical exhibition; a mummery; a farce.
  • n. A foolish belief or practice; anything based on fatuity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. foolish or senseless behavior

Etymologies

fool +‎ -ery (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Daisy, Daisy, "said he, shaking her shoulders gently," this religious foolery is spoiling you.

    Melbourne House

  • No man can threaten me, even anonymously or in foolery.

    Winged Blackmail

  • "I can only foresee," he exclaimed, "the working-classes of Europe uniting in a great federation to cry: 'We will have no more of this madness and foolery, which is grinding us to powder!'"

    Essays in Rebellion

  • And I'm not going to let anybody get away with that kind of foolery!

    Matthews Does His Job for a Change

  • This was the kind of foolery the children understood and liked.

    The Rockingdown Mystery

  • In every kind of foolery she is a most willing ally with Henrik and Eva, whenever they will grant her so much favour; and if these three be heard whispering together, one may be quite sure that some roguery or other is on foot.

    The Home

  • Museveni said that he himself participated in the "foolery" and has taken Vincent Otti,s telephone calls and sent the LRA cows for Christmas.

    The Guardian World News

  • "I'm not going to let anyone get away with that kind of foolery," Matthews said.

    1115.org

  • would pull this kind of foolery, but he'd also make his toupee handler fluff something else besides the merkin on his head.

    Dlisted - Be Very Afraid

  • And then they speak to us like we are kids like we don't see through this tom-foolery.

    McConnell: There's a bailout fund in current Wall St. reform bill

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  • "This man was not dying, he was alive just as we were alive. All the organs of his body were working —bowels digesting food, skin renewing itself, nails growing, tissues forming—all toiling away in solemn foolery."
    - George Orwell, 'A Hanging'.

    September 9, 2009