See also: fool's cap
- (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈfuːl.skæp/, /ˈfuːlz.kæp/
- (Canada) IPA(key): /ˈfʊl.skæp/, /ˈfoʊl.skæp/
- Rhymes: -æp
foolscap (plural foolscaps)
- Alternative form of
- (strictly) Writing paper sheets measuring 13.25 x 16.5 inches
- (more usually) Such a sheet folded or cut in half, thus approximately 8 x 13.25 inches.
- 1892, Walter Besant, chapter II, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, OCLC 16832619:
- At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
- Printing paper measuring 13.5 inches x 17 inches.
fool's cap — see fool's cap
writing paper sheets measuring 13.25 x 16.5 inches
such a sheet folded or cut in half, thus approximately 8 x 13.25 inches
printing paper measuring 13.5 inches x 17 inches
- “Foolscap” in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, 2004, →ISBN.