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 Dictionary entry overview: What does foolish mean? 

FOOLISH (adjective)
  The adjective FOOLISH has 2 senses:

1. devoid of good sense or judgment
2. having or revealing stupidity

  Familiarity information: FOOLISH used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FOOLISH (adjective)

Sense 1foolish [BACK TO TOP]


Devoid of good sense or judgment

Context examples:

foolish remarks / a foolish decision


rattlebrained; rattlepated; scatterbrained; scatty (lacking sense or discretion)

ill-conceived; misguided (poorly conceived or thought out)

harebrained; insane; mad (very foolish)

fond (absurd or silly because unlikely)

cockamamie; cockamamy; goofy; sappy; silly; wacky; whacky; zany (ludicrous, foolish)

asinine; fatuous; inane; mindless; vacuous (devoid of intelligence)

absurd; cockeyed; derisory; idiotic; laughable; ludicrous; nonsensical; preposterous; ridiculous (incongruous;inviting ridicule)

unwise (showing or resulting from lack of judgment or wisdom)


imprudent (not prudent or wise)

impolitic (not politic)

ill-advised; unadvised (without careful prior deliberation or counsel)

inadvisable; unadvisable (not prudent or wise; not recommended)


wise (having or prompted by wisdom or discernment)

Sense 2foolish [BACK TO TOP]


Having or revealing stupidity


dopey; dopy; gooselike; goosey; goosy; anserine; foolish; jerky

Context examples:

ridiculous anserine behavior / a dopey answer / a dopey kid / some fool idea about rewriting authors' books


stupid (lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

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