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From Middle English foleri, ffollery, equivalent to fool +‎ -ery.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfuːləɹi/
    • (file)


foolery (countable and uncountable, plural fooleries)

  1. Foolish behaviour or speech.
    • c. 1601, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act III, Scene 1, [1]
      Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it shines every where.
    • 1624 (first performance), John Fletcher, Rvle a VVife and Have a VVife. A Comoedy. [], Oxford, Oxfordshire: [] Leonard Lichfield [], published 1640, OCLC 960101958, Act II, scene [ii], page 16:
      A wantonneſſe in wealth, methinks I agree not with, / Tis ſuch a trouble to be married too, / And have a thouſand things of great importance, / Jewells and plates, and fooleries moleſt mee, / To have a mans brains whimſied with his wealth: []
    • 1836, Charles Dickens, chapter 9, in Sketches by Boz[2]:
      Tradesmen and clerks, with fashionable novel-reading families, and circulating-library-subscribing daughters, get up small assemblies in humble imitation of Almack’s, and promenade the dingy ‘large room’ of some second-rate hotel with as much complacency as the enviable few who are privileged to exhibit their magnificence in that exclusive haunt of fashion and foolery.
    • 1910, John Millington Synge, Deirdre of the Sorrows, in Plays by John M. Synge, London: George Allen & Unwin, 1910, Act I, p. 319, [3]
      Though you think, maybe, young men can do their fill of foolery and there is none to blame them.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Part Two, Chapter 1, [4]
      He [] hurried off to the Centre, took part in the solemn foolery of a 'discussion group' []


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