Foolish vs Ninnyhammer - What's the difference?
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.
*: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.
*:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
a foolish person; a simpleton
* 1608 , A Yorkshire Tragedy , dubiously claimed to be by William Shakespeare
* 1712 , John Arbuthnot, The History of John Bull
- Why, the more fool she; aye, the more ninny hammer she.
* 1955 , J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
- "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?
- '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!'