One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she was destined to take part in some tomfool caper’
silly, foolish, stupid, unintelligent, idiotic, brainless, mindless, witless, imbecilic, imbecile, doltish
imprudent, thoughtless, rash, reckless, foolhardy, irresponsible
mad, erratic, unstable, scatterbrained, feather-brained
flighty, frivolous, giddy, fatuous, inane, immature, childish, puerile, half-baked, empty-headed, half-witted, slow-witted, weak-minded
informal daft, crazy, dotty, scatty, loopy, screwy, soft, brain-dead, cretinous, thick, thickheaded, birdbrained, pea-brained, pinheaded, dopey, dim, dim-witted, dippy, pie-faced, fat-headed, blockheaded, boneheaded, lamebrained, chuckleheaded, dunderheaded, wooden-headed, muttonheaded, damfool
British informal divvy, dappy
Northern English Scottish informal glaikit
North American informal dumb-ass, chowderheaded
South African informal dof
West Indian informal dotish
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