from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A sheet of writing or printing paper measuring approximately 13 by 16 inches.
- n. A fool's cap.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative form of fool's cap.
- n. Writing paper sheets measuring 13.25 x 16.5 inches
- n. Such a sheet folded or cut in half, thus approximately 8 x 13.25 inches.
- n. Printing paper measuring 13.5 inches x 17 inches.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a cap or hood to which bells were usually attached, formerly worn by professional jesters.
- n. A writing paper made in sheets, ordinarily 16 x 13 inches, and folded so as to make a page 13 x 8 inches. See paper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See fool's cap, under fool.
- n. A writing-paper, usually folded, varying in size from 12 × 15 to 12½ × 16 inches: so called from its former watermark, the outline of a fool's head and cap, for which other devices are now substituted.
- n. A bivalve mollusk, Isocardia cor, better known as heart-shell.
- Of the size known as foolscap.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupils
- n. a size of paper used especially in Britain
The next day I bought two sheets of foolscap from the schoolmaster, and after tea I betook myself to the granary, barred the door, and fell to writing my sermon.
Just stumbled over the 'foolscap' comment, some months after you wrote it.
I had a notion that "foolscap" was paper that was of poor quality, normally not used for writing, but fibrous enough to be used for printing.
Mr Counsellor Fielding follows his retrospect of this strenuous attack on the law with a declaration that, henceforth, he intends to forsake the pursuit of that 'foolscap' literary fame, and the company of the
In Germany (and some other continental countries) there is a yellow plaque - not larger than a 'foolscap' (A 4 size) sheet of paper - displayed at the entrance to every building site.
Mr Counsellor Fielding follows his retrospect of this strenuous attack on the law with a declaration that, henceforth, he intends to forsake the pursuit of that 'foolscap' literary fame, and the company of the 'infamous' nine Muses; a decision based partly on the insubstantial nature of the rewards achieved, and partly it would seem due to the fact that at Fielding's innocent door had been laid, he declares, half the anonymous scurrility, indecency, treason, and blasphemy that the few last years had produced.
a lengthy dispatch covering, at least, two columns of "foolscap," and sent to the Brigade.
I immediately took out some foolscap and a quill and began this account of all that had transpired.
Garrick pulled free a heavy sheet of foolscap from his coat.
He sat at his desk, withdrawing a sheet of foolscap from the drawer.