- the state or quality of being foolish; stupidity; rashness
- a foolish action, mistake, idea, etc
- a building in the form of a castle, temple, etc, built to satisfy a fancy or conceit, often of an eccentric kind
- (plural) an elaborately costumed revue
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fol•ly /ˈfɑli/USA pronunciation n., pl. -lies.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- the state or quality of being foolish:[uncountable]to travel without money would be folly.
- [countable] a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.
- Show Businessfollies, [plural] a theatrical revue.
fol•ly (fol′ē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -lies for 2–6.
- the state or quality of being foolish;
lack of understanding or sense.
- a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.;
absurdity:the folly of performing without a rehearsal.
- a costly and foolish undertaking;
unwise investment or expenditure.
- Architecturea whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, commemorate a person or event, etc.: found esp. in England in the 18th century.
- Show Businessfollies, a theatrical revue.
- Old French, derivative of fol, fou foolish, mad. See fool1
- Middle English folie 1175–1225
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged imprudence, rashness, mistake, foolishness, indiscretion, injudiciousness;
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folly /ˈfɒlɪ/ n ( pl -lies)
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