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Many people want to send their children to faith schools because they get good exam results, but they're not foolish enough to believe that it's because of faith that they get good exam results.
Richard Dawkins

Meaning of "foolish" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF FOOLISH

foolish  [ˈfuːlɪʃ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FOOLISH

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Foolish is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES FOOLISH MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Foolish

Foolish may refer to: ▪ the derived term Foolishness ▪ "Foolish" ▪ "Foolish" ▪ "Foolish", a song by Tyler James ▪ Foolish, an album by Superchunk ▪ Foolish, a 1999 film ▪ Foolish, soundtrack to the 1999 film...

Definition of foolish in the English dictionary

The first definition of foolish in the dictionary is unwise; silly. Other definition of foolish is resulting from folly or stupidity. Foolish is also ridiculous or absurd; not worthy of consideration.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FOOLISH


carlish
ˈkɑːlɪʃ
churlish
ˈtʃɜːlɪʃ
coolish
ˈkuːlɪʃ
Gaulish
ˈɡɔːlɪʃ
genteelish
dʒenˈtiːlɪʃ
ghoulish
ˈɡuːlɪʃ
girlish
ˈɡɜːlɪʃ
mulish
ˈmjuːlɪʃ
schoolgirlish
ˈskuːlˌɡɜːlɪʃ
smallish
ˈsmɔːlɪʃ
squallish
ˈskwɔːlɪʃ
tallish
ˈtɔːlɪʃ
tomfoolish
ˌtɒmˈfuːlɪʃ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FOOLISH

fool´s-parsley
foolbegged
fooleries
foolery
foolfish
foolhardier
foolhardiest
foolhardily
foolhardiness
foolhardy
fooling about
foolishly
foolishness
foolproof
foolscap
foolscap envelope
foolscap octavo
foolscap quarto
foolscap sheet
foolscap size

WORDS THAT END LIKE FOOLISH

abolish
boot polish
demolish
depolish
establish
floor polish
French polish
French-polish
furniture polish
metal polish
nail polish
penny-wise and pound-foolish
polish
publish
repolish
shoe polish
silver polish
spit and polish
stylish
unpolish

Synonyms and antonyms of foolish in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FOOLISH»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «foolish» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of foolish

Translation of «foolish» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FOOLISH

Find out the translation of foolish to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of foolish from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «foolish» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

愚蠢的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

tonto
570 millions of speakers

English

foolish
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

मूर्ख
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أحمق
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

глупо
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

bobo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নির্বোধ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

stupide
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bodoh
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

dumm
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

愚かな
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

어리석은
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Bodho
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ngu si
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

முட்டாள்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मूर्ख
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

aptalca
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sconsiderata
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

głupi
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

нерозумно
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

prostesc
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ανόητο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

dwase
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

dum
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

tåpelig
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of foolish

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FOOLISH»

The term «foolish» is very widely used and occupies the 18.902 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FOOLISH» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about foolish

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10 QUOTES WITH «FOOLISH»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word foolish.
1
Kelly Bishop
I've been lucky enough to play some funny, nasty ladies in my day, and if you can make them foolish, they're even funnier.
2
Craig Bruce
The entire universe is working against me. I can't believe the entire universe could be that foolish!
3
Claire Cameron
A young woman hiking alone in the mountains sounds dangerous. In the pre-cell phone era maybe it was, but I'll stop short of calling it foolish.
4
Nicolas Chamfort
There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
5
David Cross
Religion triggers a lot of emotions in me, most of which stem from being raised Jewish in a very Baptist community in the South. I didn't believe any of it from an early age - the clubby quality of whatever religion or church you belonged to, Judaism included. It just struck me as foolish.
6
Tim Curry
When I did 'Amadeus,' I hadn't done a play for five years. And I was so happy doing it and felt so foolish that I hadn't done a play for such a long time that I wanted to go back and really kind of reach out for a classical career.
7
Richard Dawkins
Many people want to send their children to faith schools because they get good exam results, but they're not foolish enough to believe that it's because of faith that they get good exam results.
8
W. Edwards Deming
The prevailing - and foolish - attitude is that a good manager can be a good manager anywhere, with no special knowledge of the production process he's managing. A man with a financial background may know nothing about manufacturing shoes or cars, but he's put in charge anyway.
9
Jean Francois Paul de Gondi
It is even more damaging for a minister to say foolish things than to do them.
10
F. Scott Fitzgerald
No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FOOLISH»

Discover the use of foolish in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to foolish and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal ...
Not only is there little evidence this is true, the entire movement is largely funded and promoted by the financial services sector.
Helaine Olen, 2012
2
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish: The Inspiring Stories of 25 IIM ...
But they have one thing in common: they believed in the power of their dreams. This book seeks to inspire young graduates to look beyond placements and salaries. To believe in their dreams.
‎2008
3
Foolish/Unfoolish: Reflections on Love
Spirited, moving, and filled with Ashanti's unique sense of humor, this collection of poetry and reflections will entertain and surprise as it offers an intimate look into the life of one of today's most popular performers.
Ashanti,, 2003
4
Foolish Words: The Most Stupid Words Ever Spoken
A collection of gaffes, blunders, and faux pas committed by those in the public eye, who unfortunately (for them) also caught the public's ear.
‎2009
5
Smart Signs, Foolish Choices: The Astrological Guide to ...
And once a 'love pattern' is made, they can be difficult to snap out of. Here, renowned astrologer Robin MacNaughton not only reveals why this happens, but how to keep from getting caught in the same old snags, and how to get beyond them.
Robin MacNaughton, 2004
6
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
In this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don’t know, and this second edition features a new philosophical and empirical essay, “On Robustness and Fragility,” which offers tools to navigate and exploit a ...
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2007
7
Seven Foolish Fishermen
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‎1999
8
My Foolish Heart
When it comes to love, sometimes you have to be a little foolish. Unknown to her quaint town of Deep Haven, Isadora Presley is the star host of "My Foolish Heart, " a popular syndicated talk radio show.
Susan May Warren, 2011
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Living Wisely in a Foolish World: A Contemporary Look at the ...
This book shows how to use the wisdom in the book of Proverbs for guidance in finances, marriage, sex, family, religion, education, vocation, and politics.
H. Wayne House
10
These Foolish Things
Enticed by advertisements for a newly restored palatial hotel and filled with visions of a life of leisure, good weather and mango juice in their gin, a group of very different people leave England to begin a new life in India.
Deborah Moggach, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FOOLISH»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term foolish is used in the context of the following news items.
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Foolish Lies You Keep Telling Yourself That Are Holding Your …
Photography is crazy hard to master. That difficulty becomes impossible when you start locking yourself behind walls of your own creation. «Fstoppers, Jul 15»
2
Don't water down issues with foolish terms (Editor's Inbox)
Why do we water down issues with foolish words and terms? Copyright 2015 Mason City Globe Gazette. All rights reserved. This material may ... «Mason City Globe Gazette, Jul 15»
3
People can be amazingly foolish - Sioux City Journal
He managed to care for a lawn that was nicer than most people's carpeting and died with all his fingers intact, but it was an amazingly foolish ... «Sioux City Journal, Jul 15»
4
King's Lynn man sentenced for 'foolish' CS gas attack on driver
A judge has told a Lynn man he behaved 'like a lunatic' in a road rage incident where he sprayed CS gas in the face of another motorist. «Lynn News, Jul 15»
5
Fabian Delph to Manchester City: A Tale of Foolish Youth
Earlier today, BBC Sport reported that Manchester City has formally made an £8 million pound move for Aston Villa captain, Fabian Delph. «SportsBlog.com, Jul 15»
6
You'd Be Foolish to Believe It's Clear Sailing
The biggest market rallies tend to occur in markets that are acting poorly. Big declines lead to big bounces, and that is what we have happening ... «TheStreet.com, Jul 15»
7
Free agent circus ends with Jordan back in LA, league looking foolish
It's hard to say what the low point was, the emoji wars or Blake Griffin tweeting a picture of a chair wedged against the door of DeAndre ... «CBSSports.com, Jul 15»
8
Foolish Book Review: “Losing the Signal”
It was early 2007. Each morning, I was driven to school by a neighborhood parent, Mrs. Hoffman. While the kids she drove looked disheveled in ... «The Motley Fool Canada, Jul 15»
9
Dani Alves says Brazil were foolish for rejecting Pep Guardiola
Dani Alves claims that Brazil rejected the chance to hire Pep Guardiola as a coach after Luis Felipe Scolari left last summer. Instead they hired Dunga and it has ... «Sport English, Jul 15»
10
Bill Kristol: GOP 'Very Foolish' to Dump on Donald Trump
"It's very, very foolish if the Republican establishment or the Republican candidates treat him with disdain instead of saying, you know what, ... «Newsmax, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Foolish [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/foolish>. Nov 2019 ».
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