Meaning of tomfoolery


Tomfoolery is foolishness. Starting a food fight in a cafeteria is an example of tomfoolery.

Tomfoolery is a silly-looking word, and it means a silly thing: foolish or ridiculous behavior. Tomfoolery is senseless behavior, like pulling pranks or being obnoxious. If a bunch of students in class keep talking and laughing, the teacher might yell “Stop your tomfoolery!” Tomfoolery can be annoying to others, but it’s usually not serious. Committing a crime is a lot worse than tomfoolery. Tomfoolery is more like goofing around or being a clown.

Definitions of tomfoolery
  1. noun

    foolish or senseless behavior


    craziness, folly, foolery, indulgence, lunacy

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    meshugaas, mishegaas, mishegoss

    (Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity
    buffoonery, clowning, frivolity, harlequinade, japery, prank

    acting like a clown or buffoon
    schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik

    (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning
    type of:

    caper, frolic, gambol, play, romp

    gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement

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