Foolish vs Nincompoop - What's the difference?

foolish | nincompoop |

As a adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun nincompoop is

a silly or foolish person.




  • 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




    (en noun)
  • A silly or foolish person.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1680 , author=Matthew Stevenson , title=The wits paraphras'd: or, Paraphrase upon paraphrase: In a burlesque on the several late translations of Ovids Epistles ... citation , page=161 , passage=Tis such another Nincompoop ,
    I sleep, and he begins to droop.
    He sees, yet keeps his Eyes a winking,
    Says nought, but pays it off with thinking. }}
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  • , year=1694 , author=Thomas D'Urfey , title=The Comical History of Don Quixote: As it was Acted at the Queen's Theatre in Dorset-Garden ... , chapter=Part I, Act I, Scene I citation , page=6 , passage=...Heaven knows the time when? Art not thou asham’d to see me, thou Nincompoop ? }}
  • * 1905: Baroness Emmuska Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel [,+Baroness:+The+Scarlet+Pimpernel,+1905&query=+nincompoop&id=OrcPimp]
  • No wonder that Chauvelin's spies had failed to detect, in the apparently brainless nincompoop , the man whose reckless daring and resourceful ingenuity had baffled the keenest French spies...

    Derived terms

    * nincompoopery


    * (foolish person) dunderhead, fop, fool, imbecile, fuckwit * See also