- 1lacking good sense or judgement; unwise
- 2ridiculous; absurd
Using foolish: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "foolish" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
It would be foolish to ignore the warning signs.
She made a foolish mistake by quitting her job without another one lined up.
His foolish behavior got him into trouble.
It's foolish to spend all your money on things you don't need.
foolish Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using foolish
She made a fool of herself by trying to dance on the table.
He played the fool during the meeting to lighten the mood.
More fool her for not taking the job offer when she had the chance.
Phrases with foolish
an excessive belief in one's own abilities or worth, often leading to arrogance or stubbornness
His foolish pride prevented him from admitting he was wrong.
He had a foolish grin on his face when he realized he had won the game.
speech that is silly or nonsensical, often due to lack of thought or consideration
Don't pay attention to his foolish talk; he doesn't know what he's saying.
Origins of foolish
from Old English 'fōlisc', meaning 'ignorant, unwise'
Summary: foolish in Brief
The term 'foolish' [ˈfuːlɪʃ] describes someone or something that lacks good sense or judgement, or is ridiculous or absurd. It can refer to actions, decisions, or speech, as in 'His foolish behavior got him into trouble.' 'Foolish' also appears in phrases like 'foolish pride,' denoting excessive self-belief, and idioms like 'make a fool of oneself,' indicating silly or stupid behavior.