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FOLLY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does folly mean? 

FOLLY (noun)
  The noun FOLLY has 4 senses:

1. the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
2. a stupid mistake
3. the quality of being rash and foolish
4. foolish or senseless behavior

  Familiarity information: FOLLY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FOLLY (noun)


Sense 1folly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of acting stupidly or rashly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

folly; foolishness; unwiseness

Hypernyms ("folly" is a kind of...):

trait (a distinguishing feature of your personal nature)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "folly"):

indiscretion; injudiciousness (the trait of being injudicious)

absurdity; fatuity; fatuousness; silliness (a ludicrous folly)

asininity (the quality of being asinine; stupidity combined with stubbornness)

Antonym:

wisdom (the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight)


Sense 2folly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stupid mistake

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

betise; stupidity; imbecility; folly; foolishness

Hypernyms ("folly" is a kind of...):

error; fault; mistake (a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention)


Sense 3folly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being rash and foolish

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

craziness; foolishness; folly; madness

Context examples:

trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly / adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness

Hypernyms ("folly" is a kind of...):

stupidity (a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience)


Sense 4folly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Foolish or senseless behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

foolery; tomfoolery; lunacy; craziness; folly; indulgence

Hypernyms ("folly" is a kind of...):

caper; frolic; gambol; play; romp (gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "folly"):

meshugaas; mishegaas; mishegoss ((Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity)

buffoonery; clowning; frivolity; harlequinade; japery; prank (acting like a clown or buffoon)


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