Foolish vs Ninnyhammer - What's the difference?

foolish | ninnyhammer |

As an adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun ninnyhammer is

a foolish person; a simpleton.




  • 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 foolish person; a simpleton
  • * 1608 , A Yorkshire Tragedy , dubiously claimed to be by William Shakespeare
  • Why, the more fool she; aye, the more ninny hammer she.
  • * 1712 , John Arbuthnot, The History of John Bull
  • "You silly, awkward, ill-bred country sow," quoth one, "have you no more manners than to rail at Hocus that has saved that clod-pated numskulled ninny-hammer of yours from ruin, and all his family?
  • * 1955 , J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
  • 'Well, if I don't deserve to be hung on the end of one as a warning to numbskulls! You're nowt but a ninnyhammer , Sam Gamgee: that's what the Gaffer said to me often enough, it being a word of his. Rope!'


    * ninny * nincompoop * boob