folly

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English[edit]

Long Island's Big Duck (blt. 1930-1931), a well known example of an architectural folly (see duck).

Etymology[edit]

From Old French folie (madness), from the adjective fol (mad, insane).

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folly (plural follies)

  1. Foolishness.
    This is a war of folly.
  2. Thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence.
    The purchase of Alaska from Russia was termed Seward's folly.
  3. A fanciful building built for purely ornamental reasons.
    A luncheonette in the shape of a coffee cup is particularly conspicuous, as is intended of an architectural duck or folly.

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