What is another word for foolish?

Synonyms for foolish
ˈfu lɪʃfool·ish

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Wiktionary3.9 / 9 votes

  1. foolishadjective

    unwise, brainless, indiscreet, ridiculous, idiotic, silly, imprudent

    bright, sane, intelligent, wise, quick-witted, smart

  2. foolishadjective

    lacking good sense or judgement; unwise

    silly, imprudent, idiotic, unwise, ridiculous, indiscreet, brainless

    smart, intelligent, wise, sane, bright, quick-witted

  3. foolishadjective

    Resembling or characteristic of a fool.

    Being foolish once in a while does not make one a foolish person.

    idiotic, brainless, silly, ridiculous, indiscreet, unwise, imprudent

    quick-witted, wise, bright, sane, smart, intelligent

English Synonyms and Antonyms3.7 / 3 votes

  1. foolish

    That is absurd which is contrary to the first principles of reasoning; as, that a part should be greater than the whole is absurd. A paradoxical statement appears at first thought contradictory or absurd, while it may be really true. Anything is irrational when clearly contrary to sound reason, foolish when contrary to practical good sense, silly when petty and contemptible in its folly, erroneous when containing error that vitiates the result, unreasonable when there seems a perverse bias or an intent to go wrong. Monstrous and preposterous refer to what is overwhelmingly absurd; as, "O monstrous! eleven buckram men grown out of two," Shakespeare 1 King Henry IV, act ii, sc. 4. The ridiculous or the nonsensical is worthy only to be laughed at. The lunatic's claim to be a king is ridiculous; the Mother Goose rimes are nonsensical. Compare INCONGRUOUS.

    absurd, anomalous, chimerical, erroneous, false, ill-advised, ill-considered, ill-judged, inconclusive, incorrect, infatuated, irrational, ludicrous, mistaken, monstrous, nonsensical, paradoxical, preposterous, ridiculous, senseless, stupid, unreasonable, wild

    certain, consistent, demonstrable, demonstrated, established, incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, indubitable, infallible, logical, rational, reasonable, sagacious, sensible, sound, substantial, true, undeniable, unquestionable, wise

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  1. foolishadjective

    devoid of good sense or judgment

    "foolish remarks"; "a foolish decision"

    jerky, goosy, goosey, anserine, dopey, dopy, gooselike

    all-knowing, wise, sapient, sagacious, owlish, omniscient, perspicacious, sage, smart, sapiential

  2. anserine, dopy, dopey, foolish, goosey, goosy, gooselike, jerkyadjective

    having or revealing stupidity

    "ridiculous anserine behavior"; "a dopey answer"; "a dopey kid"; "some fool idea about rewriting authors' books"

    jerking, choppy, anserine, dopy, dopey, goosy, goosey, jerky, arrhythmic, gooselike

    sapient, sage, wise, perspicacious, all-knowing, omniscient, smart, sagacious, owlish, sapiential

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. foolishadjective

    senseless, idiotic, silly, weak, DAFT, simple, irrational, insensate, shallow, brainless, witless, thick-skulled, buffle-headed, shallow-brained

  2. foolishadjective

    unwise, unreasonable, absurd, ridiculous, nonsensical, ill-judged, preposterous, indiscreet, imprudent

  3. foolishadjective

    idle, trivial, trifling, vain, childish, puerile, contemptible

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  1. Anatole France:

    If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

  2. Sydney Smith:

    You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I hold both countries responsible, i think that United States has been foolish. We've all been foolish. We're all to blame.

  4. Anatole France:

    If a million people say a foolish thing, is it still a foolish thing.

  5. Mac Thornberry:

    He'd be foolish to veto it, but I can't promise you he's not going to be foolish.

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