What does Foolish mean?

Definitions for Foolish
ˈfu lɪʃfool·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foolishadjective

    devoid of good sense or judgment

    "foolish remarks"; "a foolish decision"

  2. anserine, dopy, dopey, foolish, goosey, goosy, gooselike, jerkyadjective

    having or revealing stupidity

    "ridiculous anserine behavior"; "a dopey answer"; "a dopey kid"; "some fool idea about rewriting authors' books"


  1. foolishadjective

    lacking good sense or judgement; unwise

  2. foolishadjective

    Resembling or characteristic of a fool.

    Being foolish once in a while does not make one a foolish person.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Foolishadjective

    Etymology: from fool.

    Thou foolish woman, seest thou not our mourning? 2 Esdr.

    He, of all the men that ever my foolish eyes looked upon, was the best deserving a fair lady. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    We are come off Like Romans; neither foolish in our stands,
    Nor cowardly in retire. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    It is a foolish thing to make a long prologue, and to be short in the story itself. 2 Mac. ii. 32.

    Pray do not mock me;
    I am a very foolish fond old man:
    I fear I am not in my perfect mind. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    What could the head perform alone,
    If all their friendly aids were gone?
    A foolish figure he must make;
    Do nothing else but sleep and ake. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foolishadjective

    marked with, or exhibiting, folly; void of understanding; weak in intellect; without judgment or discretion; silly; unwise

  2. Foolishadjective

    such as a fool would do; proceeding from weakness of mind or silliness; exhibiting a want of judgment or discretion; as, a foolish act

  3. Foolishadjective

    absurd; ridiculous; despicable; contemptible


  1. Foolish

    "Foolish" is the debut song by American R&B singer Ashanti from her debut album. It was written by Ashanti, 7 Aurelius, M. DeBarge and producer Irv Gotti. It uses a sample of DeBarge's "Stay with Me" and features elements from "One More Chance" by The Notorious B.I.G. and M.V.P by Big L. The song was released as the album's lead single on January 29, 2002, It spent ten weeks at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. The song became Ashanti's second number-one and third top ten on both charts. The song was in the top ten in United Kingdom, Australian and New Zealand, Canada, Germany and Japan . In 2009, it was named the 19th most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. As of June 2012, it is the third best selling physical single of the 21st Century. It sold over 7.2 million copies to date.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Foolish' in Adjectives Frequency: #937

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Foolish in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Foolish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Foolish in a Sentence

  1. Monsignor Charles Pope:

    Facebook is entitled to do whatever they want, i just think it’s incredibly foolish on their part to try and people this way. I can understand if people have something ugly or nefarious or scurrilous in their name.

  2. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh:

    I'm asking people to stop the nonsense right now - these are adults jumping out windows. It's a foolish thing to do and you could kill yourself.

  3. Dean Spanos:

    Simply put, Chargers NFL would not be what Chargers NFL is today without the vision of Barron Hilton, a founding father and charter member of the upstart AFL's sarcastically self-dubbed' Foolish Club,' Barron Hilton was a pioneering leader, risk-taking entrepreneur, prolific philanthropist, devoted family man and, of course, anything but foolish.

  4. R.W. Emerson, Self-Reliance:

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

  5. Greg Taxin:

    It’s probably silly or foolish that they just have n’t satisfied people’s desire to know how the chain of command is working, on the other hand, I presume the CEO of United Airlines goes on vacation on a regular basis, and he’s not around to answer question or make decision and things run just fine.

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    To cause to become
    • A. famish
    • B. abhor
    • C. render
    • D. efface

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