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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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  • It derives its fun, also, from pages and their foolery.
  • All that's happened so far is through our not having the sense to keep quiet-worrying them with guns and such foolery.
  • Wears me out thinking about the tom foolery being done in the name of desire.
  • When the rail tried to follow, the hen apparently had enough of the tom-foolery and chased the rail off.
  • The lady of the team serves as a good foil for his foolery.
  • Then off they ran, having lost per haps a minute by this foolery.
  • There would be an end of the secret session tom foolery.
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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