Definition of tomfoolery in English:



mass noun
  • Foolish or silly behaviour.

    ‘the tomfoolery of MPs at question time’
    • ‘But some people evidently don't see any need to join in such communal tomfoolery.’
    • ‘And if you work in the medical profession, you might wonder why hospitals have gone from holy places of professionals and passion to hotbeds of tomfoolery in popular culture.’
    • ‘For all the gardyloo and tomfoolery here, I do take blogs seriously.’
    • ‘He probably hid behind a lot of his tomfoolery when it came to girls.’
    • ‘How they intend to turn this tomfoolery into pop music is anyone's guess.’
    • ‘He could spot hypocrisy, pomposity, smugness, snobbery, tomfoolery and turpitude from miles away.’
    • ‘My eyes hurt and my brain creaks in protest at the muppets and their tomfoolery.’
    • ‘Where it serves to obstruct learning, and remove choice, political correctness of this kind can only be considered ignorant tomfoolery.’
    • ‘She is whip smart and has a low tolerance for tomfoolery, something Ray hasn't quite figured out how to deal with - he often ends up hanging himself as he backpedals out of the latest thorny situation.’
    • ‘In fact, politics-phobes have nothing to fear: his act is as full of gleefully silly tomfoolery as it is sharp-eyed insights into the state of the world.’
    • ‘He's grabbed the world's attention with more of his priceless tomfoolery.’
    • ‘One day, in a fit of tomfoolery, she and one of her coworker buddies dress up in a guest's expensive clothing.’
    • ‘His tomfoolery is starting to reach championship levels.’
    • ‘He said that for all his wise-cracks, pranks and tomfoolery on the screen, he was a ‘very serious’ person in real life.’
    • ‘There will be wine tasting and outlet shopping and general drunken tomfoolery.’
    • ‘It has been a long time since his acting style, characterised by an intensity laced with tomfoolery but never entirely dispelled by it, was celebrated or even mentioned by critics.’
    • ‘A bit of buffoonery and tomfoolery are always welcome after a tense high wire act, during which everyone in the audience has been holding their breath, and looking anxiously upwards, in total empathy with the performer.’
    • ‘Later that year he broke the same kneecap during tomfoolery in a Newcastle nightclub.’
    • ‘And those with an affinity for the silliness, slapstick, and tomfoolery of this sort of comedy will be turned off by the costumes.’
    • ‘A group of teenage girls whose tomfoolery led to one falling into a fast-flowing river must shoulder some blame for a man's drowning in a rescue attempt, a coroner said yesterday.’
    silliness, fooling, clowning, capering, capers, antics, pranks, tricks, buffoonery, skylarking, nonsense, horseplay, mischief, foolishness, foolery, stupidity
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