Definitions for follyˈfɒl i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fol•lyˈfɒl i(n.)(pl.)-lies.

  1. the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense.

  2. a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.; absurdity.

  3. a costly and foolish undertaking; unwise investment or expenditure.

  4. a whimsical or extravagant and often useless structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, etc.

    Category: Architecture

  5. follies, a theatrical revue.

    Category: Showbiz

  6. Obs. wickedness; wantonness.

Origin of folly:

1175–1225; ME folie < OF, der. of fol, fou foolish, mad. See fool1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. folly, foolishness, unwiseness(noun)

    the trait of acting stupidly or rashly

  2. stupidity, betise, folly, foolishness, imbecility(noun)

    a stupid mistake

  3. folly, foolishness, craziness, madness(noun)

    the quality of being rash and foolish

    "trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly"; "adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness"

  4. folly, foolery, tomfoolery, craziness, lunacy, indulgence(noun)

    foolish or senseless behavior

Wiktionary

  1. folly(Noun)

    Foolishness.

    This is a war of folly.

  2. folly(Noun)

    Thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence.

    The purchase of Alaska from Russia was termed Seward's folly.

  3. folly(Noun)

    A fanciful building built for purely ornamental reasons.

    A luncheonette in the shape of a coffee cup is particularly conspicuous, as is intended of an architectural duck or folly.

  4. Origin: From folie, from the adjective fol.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Folly(noun)

    the state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity, weakness, or derangement of mind

  2. Folly(noun)

    a foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light-minded conduct; foolery

  3. Folly(noun)

    scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness

  4. Folly(noun)

    the result of a foolish action or enterprise

Freebase

  1. Folly

    In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but either suggesting by its appearance some other purpose, or merely so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or other class of building to which it belongs. In the original use of the word, these buildings had no other use, but from the 19th to 20th centuries the term was also applied to highly decorative buildings which had secondary practical functions such as housing, sheltering or business use. 18th century English gardens and French landscape gardening often featured Roman temples, which symbolized classical virtues or ideals. Other 18th century garden follies represented Chinese temples, Egyptian pyramids, ruined abbeys, or Tatar tents, to represent different continents or historical eras. Sometimes they represented rustic villages, mills and cottages, to symbolize rural virtues. Many follies, particularly during famine, such as the Irish potato famine, were built as a form of poor relief, to provide employment for peasants and unemployed artisans.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'folly' in Nouns Frequency: #2859


Translations for folly

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

folly(noun)

foolishness

the follies of youth.

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