American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Foolish behavior.
- n. Something trivial or foolish; nonsense.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Foolish trifling; ridiculous behavior; nonsense.
- n. Silly trifles; absurd ornaments or knick-knacks.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Folly; trifling.
- n. foolish or senseless behavior
- Tom (a common man) + foolery (Wiktionary)
“She made fun of what she called his tomfoolery, which prevented him from turning his position to account.”
“Five millennia of economic tomfoolery is bound to leave Egyptians confused about economic principles.”
“Whatever we get in November, it least it won't be Billary and this kind of tomfoolery!”
“Americans will always fall for this kind of tomfoolery, Stevey.”
“But neither can the kind of tomfoolery engaged in by this very foolish Pope.”
“Many of the Whigs were opposed to these, regarding them as a thrust at Badger, the Register saying that they were "tomfoolery" and the work of "political mountebanks," but almost as many considered them as entirely proper, eminently timely, if indeed not rendered absolutely necessary by the national situation.”
“Be a change for us city chaps," he suggested; and then exploding at what he called his "tomfoolery," set the dining-net all a-quivering and shaking.”
“But when Barber saw the curtains, he called them "tomfoolery," and tore them down.”
“Yes, Sir, that's the kind of tomfoolery I've been puttin 'up with all these years, and tryin' to hide from the neighbors!”
“She didn't care about fuss and feathers, and every other kind of tomfoolery, like all the rest of you, but she was as -- as modest as a girl, and as sensitive.”
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