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Meaning of FOLLY

Pronunciation:  'fâlee

WordNet Dictionary
  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
\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.

         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.

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