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[tom-foo-luh-ree] /ˌtɒmˈfu lə ri/
noun, plural tomfooleries.
foolish or silly behavior; tomfoolishness.
a silly act, matter, or thing.
Origin of tomfoolery
1805-15; tomfool + -ery
1. foolishness, silliness, horseplay, monkeyshines. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tomfoolery
  • All the fidgeting, the tomfoolery, the vagueness and lack of concentration vanished the moment that he stood or sat at an easel.
  • There were fantastic processions, grotesque performances and some tomfoolery.
  • Both were exiled and developed as revolutionaries there, and they knew better than to allow further tomfoolery of this sort.
  • And such silliness affords us the extra pleasure of reading your calm but oh-so-droll rebuttals to their shrill tomfoolery.
  • But such psychic tomfoolery fostered the development of what could be a great tool, in the right hands.
  • It was more of a soundtrack for all the dancing, play-acting and three-ring tomfoolery on stage.
  • Even if it were kept free from the meretricious tomfoolery of the modern stage.
  • We didn't have nigh so much fopperies and fineries and high flyin tomfoolery as you can notice in this present day and generation.
British Dictionary definitions for tomfoolery


noun (pl) -eries
foolish behaviour
utter nonsense; rubbish
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Word Origin and History for tomfoolery

1812, from tomfool + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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