Foolish vs Apeth - What's the difference?

foolish | apeth |

As an adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun apeth is

a halfpennyworth.

As a verb apeth is

(archaic) third-person singular]] simple present of [[ape#verb|to ape.




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness



    Etymology 1

    Abbreviation of '', itself an abbreviation of ''halfpennyworth .


    (en noun)
  • A halfpennyworth.
  • * 2003: Jeanne Lawrence, A Glint of Black Stocking: The Royal Infirmary , iUniverse, p.162,
  • “Oh Harry, it doesn't matter an 'apeth we're here to see Joni?' “Hello luv,” Dad walked in. “Hello Dad.” “Had a good week then?”
  • (Northern England, informal) An affectionate term for a silly or foolish person.
  • * 2003 : Chris Brown, Of Ghosts and Faeries - A Firefighter's Tale , WritersPrintShop 2004, p.61
  • Oi, that water's not free, y'know. It has to be pumped up here yer daft ’apeth . It's not a bloody river.

    Etymology 2

    From .


  • (archaic) Third-person singular]] simple present of [[ape#Verb, to ape.
  • * 1849: Proverbial Philosophy: A Book of Thoughts and Arguments , Wiley, p.50,
  • Fashion, the parasite of Rank, apeth faults and failings, Until the general Taste depraved hath warped its sense of beauty.
  • * 1885: Richard Francis Burton (translator''), ''Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night , Kessinger Publishing (2003), p.155,
  • I know that whoso apeth a stronger than he, wearieth himself and haply cometh to ruin.
  • * 2000: Richard J Carr, Wyndedanse: A Royal Chronicle of 17th Century Siam , Xlibris Corporation, p.187,
  • "The way you talk now, Richard, apeth the voice of the interloper."