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[foo-luh-ree] /ˈfu lə ri/
noun, plural fooleries.
foolish action or conduct.
a foolish action, performance, or thing.
Origin of foolery
1545-55; fool1 + -ery Unabridged
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  • Digby,” exclaimed Trevannion, angrily, “this foolery is unbearable.

    Louis' School Days E. J. May
  • A male—even such a male as Tibby—was enough to stop the foolery.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • I have got to keep awake, and dont feel inclined for any foolery.

    The Dust of Conflict David Goodger (
  • You don't make your case any better by this sort of foolery.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • It would have been much simpler and saved a great deal of foolery.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • To wit, that a woman must needs be wed, and that otherwise she is but half a woman, and the like foolery.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • At that moment I was too occupied with the attitude of my little companion to pay attention to Mrs. Massingbyrds foolery.

  • It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of gain-giving,66 as would, perhaps, trouble a woman.

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • I feel quite as much bored with this foolery as it deserves, and more than I should be, if I had not a headache.

British Dictionary definitions for foolery


noun (pl) -eries
foolish behaviour
an instance of this, esp a prank or trick
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Word Origin and History for foolery

1550s, from fool (n.) + -ery.

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