What does folly mean?

Definitions for folly
ˈfɒl ifol·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word folly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. folly, foolishness, unwisenessnoun

    the trait of acting stupidly or rashly

  2. stupidity, betise, folly, foolishness, imbecilitynoun

    a stupid mistake

  3. folly, foolishness, craziness, madnessnoun

    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, indulgencenoun

    foolish or senseless behavior

Wiktionary

  1. follynoun

    Foolishness.

    This is a war of folly.

    Etymology: From folie, from the adjective fol.

  2. follynoun

    Thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence.

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

    Etymology: From folie, from the adjective fol.

  3. follynoun

    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.

    Etymology: From folie, from the adjective fol.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Follynoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. folie, foli, F. folie, fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See Fool.]

  2. Follynoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. folie, foli, F. folie, fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See Fool.]

  3. Follynoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. folie, foli, F. folie, fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See Fool.]

  4. Follynoun

    the result of a foolish action or enterprise

    Etymology: [OE. folie, foli, F. folie, fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See Fool.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Folly

    fol′i, n. silliness or weakness of mind: a foolish act: criminal weakness: (B.) sin: a monument of folly, as a great structure left unfinished, having been begun without a reckoning of the cost.—v.i. to act with folly. [O. Fr. foliefol, foolish.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of folly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of folly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of folly in a Sentence

  1. Richard Adams, _Watership Down_:

    A thing can be true and still be desperate folly.

  2. Leo C. Rosten:

    In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.

  3. Benjamin Franklin:

    If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life.

  4. Book of Proverbs:

    Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

  5. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Bitter wisdom is better than sweet folly.

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  • حماقةArabic
  • безразсъдство, глупостBulgarian
  • Torheit, NarrheitGerman
  • malsaĝecoEsperanto
  • locuraSpanish
  • mielettömyys, hullutus, hölmöily, hulluus, typeryys, hömpötysFinnish
  • folie, sottiseFrench
  • amaideachd, amaideasScottish Gaelic
  • butaság, ostobaság, könnyelműségHungarian
  • eccentricità, edificio decorativo, stravaganza, follia, unicumItalian
  • איוולתHebrew
  • 愚行Japanese
  • neprātība, neprātīgumsLatvian
  • głupotaPolish
  • bobeiraPortuguese
  • глупость, дурь, блажь, прихоть, недомыслие, безрассудный поступок, безрассудство, глупый поступокRussian
  • dårskap, dåraktighetSwedish
  • முட்டாள்தனமானதுTamil
  • మూర్ఖత్వంTelugu
  • 蠢事Chinese

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