Foolish vs Oaf - What's the difference?

foolish | oaf |


As a adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun oaf is

(obsolete) an elf's child; a changeling left by fairies or goblins, hence, a deformed or foolish child.

foolish

English

Adjective

(en-adj)
  • 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

    Antonyms

    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness

    oaf

    English

    Alternative forms

    * auf

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) An elf's child; a changeling left by fairies or goblins, hence, a deformed or foolish child.
  • (pejorative) A person, especially a large male, who is clumsy or a simpleton; an idiot.
  • Ouch! You dropped that box on my feet, you lumbering oaf !

    Synonyms

    * (clumsy or idiotic person ): dummy, galoot, imbecile, lout, moron, fool

    Derived terms

    * oafish

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