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Meaning of FOLLY

Pronunciation:  'fâlee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  foolish or senseless behavior
  2. [n]  a stupid mistake
  3. [n]  the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
  4. [n]  the quality of being rash and foolish
 

FOLLY is a 5 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Synonyms: betise, craziness, foolery, foolishness, foolishness, foolishness, imbecility, indulgence, stupidity, tomfoolery, unwiseness
 
 Antonyms: wisdom, wiseness
 
 See Also: absurdity, buffoonery, caper, clowning, error, fatuity, fatuousness, fault, frivolity, frolic, gambol, harlequinade, indiscretion, injudiciousness, mistake, play, prank, romp, silliness, stupidity, trait

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Fol"ly\, n.; pl. {Follies}. [OE. folie, foli, F. folie,
fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See {Fool}.]
1. The state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity,
   weakness, or derangement of mind.

2. A foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure;
   weak or light-minded conduct; foolery.

         What folly 'tis to hazard life for ill. --Shak.

3. Scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a
   woman, wantonness.

         [Achan] wrought folly in Israel.      --Josh. vii.
                                               15.

         When lovely woman stoops to folly.    --Goldsmith.

4. The result of a foolish action or enterprise.

         It is called this man's or that man's ``folly,'' and
         name of the foolish builder is thus kept alive for
         long after years.                     --Trench.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: absurdity, absurdness, act of folly, asininity, battiness, blunder, brainlessness, buffoonery, clownishness, crackpottedness, crankiness, craziness, daffiness, daftness, desipience, dottiness, dumb trick, dumbness, eccentricity, error, fatuity, fatuousness, faux pas, fluff, foolery, foolheadedness, foolishness, frivolity, frivolousness, gaffe, giddiness, goof, goofiness, idiocy, imbecility, imprudence, inanity, indiscretion, ineptitude, insanity, irrationality, kookiness, lunacy, madness, mindlessness, mistake, niaiserie, nonsense, nugacity, nuttiness, obtuseness, preposterousness, queerness, rashness, sappiness, screwiness, senselessness, silliness, sottise, stolidity, stolidness, stupid thing, stupidity, thoughtlessness, triflingness, triviality, unwise step, wackiness, weak-mindedness, weirdness, witlessness, zaniness, zanyism
 

 

 

 

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