Foolish vs Pinhead - What's the difference?

foolish | pinhead |

As an adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun pinhead is

the head of a pin.




  • 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



    Alternative forms

    * pin-head


    (en noun)
  • The head of a pin.
  • * 1810 , Thomas Thomson, A System of Chemistry, Vol. 4 , Bell & Bradfute, page 602:
  • The moment the nitre was red hot, the coal, previously reduced to small pieces of the size of a pinhead , was projected in portions of one or two grains at a timeā€¦
  • (slang) An ignorant, , foolish, or stupid person.
  • * 1998 , J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , page 212:
  • Percy, who hadn't noticed that Fred had bewitched his prefect badge so that it now read "Pinhead," kept asking them all what they were sniggering at.
  • (slang) A telemark skier.
  • (slang, medicine) A human head that is unusually tapered or small, often due to microcephaly, or a person with that trait. Often promoted in as "human pinheads".
  • * 1939 , Amram Scheinfeld and Morton David Schweitzer, You and Heredity , Frederick A. Stokes Co., page 155:
  • The microcephalic idiot is an unfortunate with a "pinhead ," sometimes exhibited as a "what's-it" in circus side-shows, whose mental age never goes beyond that of an imbecile.
  • * 1943 , Oliver Ramsay Pilat, Sodom by the Sea: An Affectionate History of Coney Island , Garden City Publishing, page 187:
  • was simply a Negro idiot.
  • A newborn cricket used as food for pets.
  • * 1994 , Raymond E. Hunziker, Leopard Geckos , Publisher, ISBN 079380258X, page 16:
  • A newly hatched gecko will need pretty small crickets, but you will not have to go all the way down to pinheads .
  • * 2000 , Manny Rubio, Scorpions: Everything About Purchase, Care, Feeding, and Housing , Barron's Educational Series, ISBN 0764112244, page 70:
  • Crickets can be purchased in many sizes from newborns ("pinheads ") to adults.


    * (idiot) doofus, dumbbell, dunce

    Derived terms

    * pinhead oatmeal

    Derived terms

    * counting angels on pinheads


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