Folly - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɑːli|  American pronunciation of the word folly
Brit.  |ˈfɒli|  British pronunciation of the word folly


- the trait of acting stupidly or rashly (syn: foolishness, unwiseness)
- a stupid mistake (syn: betise, foolishness, imbecility, stupidity)
- the quality of being rash and foolish(syn: craziness, foolishness, madness)

trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly

- foolish or senseless behavior (syn: craziness, foolery, indulgence, lunacy, tomfoolery)


the folly of driving fast on steep, winding roads

his folly in thinking that he would not be noticed

The folly of such an action should be apparent to everyone.

the follies of the modern world

the famous Ziegfeld Follies of the 1920s

It was folly to persist.

Somerville bitterly regretted his folly at becoming involved.

It would be sheer folly to reduce spending on health education.

trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly

He committed an act of folly.

He was ensnared in a web of folly.

The folly of lawmakers, who have struggled to regiment all industry.

Did not I backslide into intemperance and folly?

history has clearly shown the folly of that policy

a devastating portrait of human folly

Word forms

singular: folly
plural: follies
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