Foolish vs Stupid - What's the difference?

foolish | stupid |


As adjectives the difference between foolish and stupid

is that foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise while stupid is lacking in intelligence or exhibiting the quality of having been done by someone lacking in intelligence.

As a adverb stupid is

(slang|dated) extremely.

As a noun stupid is

a stupid person; a fool.

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.
  • :
  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise

    Antonyms

    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness

    stupid

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • Lacking in intelligence or exhibiting the quality of having been done by someone lacking in intelligence.
  • Because it's a big stupid jellyfish!
  • To the point of stupor.
  • Neurobiology bores me stupid .
  • (archaic) Characterized by or in a state of stupor; paralysed.
  • * 1702 Alexander Pope, Sappho 128:
  • No sigh to rise, no tear had pow'r to flow, Fix'd in a stupid lethargy of woe.
  • (archaic) Lacking sensation; inanimate; destitute of consciousness; insensate.
  • * 1744 George Berkeley, Siris §190:
  • Were it not for [fire], the whole wou'd be one great stupid inanimate mass.
  • (slang) Amazing.
  • That dunk was stupid! His head was above the rim!
  • (slang) damn, annoying, darn
  • I fell over the stupid wire.

    Synonyms

    * dense, dumb, retarded, unintelligent * (especially in the Caribbean) stupidy * See also

    Derived terms

    * stupe * stupefy * stupid-ass * stupidity * stupidly * stupidness

    References

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    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • (slang, dated) Extremely.
  • My gear is stupid fly.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A stupid person; a fool.
  • * 1910 , , ‘The Strategist’, Reginald in Russia :
  • ‘You stupid !’ screamed the girls, ‘we've got to guess the word.’
  • * 1922 , Elizabeth G. Young, Homestead ranch
  • "What a stupid I am!" Harry exclaimed, as she watched the man ride away in the distance.
  • * 1996 , Anita Rau Badamim, Tamarind Mem
  • At least those stupids got their money's worth out of this country before they burnt their lungs out.
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