folly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “folly” in the English Dictionary

"folly" in British English

See all translations


uk   /ˈfɒl.i/  us   /ˈfɑː.li/

folly noun (STUPIDITY)

[C or U] formal the ​fact of being ​stupid, or a ​stupidaction, ​idea, etc.: She said that the ​idea was folly. [+ to infinitive] It would be folly for the ​country tobecomeinvolved in the ​war.

folly noun (BUILDING)

UK [C] a ​building in the ​form of a ​smallcastle, temple, etc., that has been ​built as a ​decoration in a ​largegarden or ​park: a ​Gothicgarden folly
(Definition of folly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"folly" in American English

See all translations

follynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈfɑl·i/
the ​condition of being ​foolish, or a ​foolishaction or ​belief: [+ to infinitive] It would be folly to ​attempt a ​trip in this ​snowstorm.
(Definition of folly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “folly”
in Spanish locura…
in Vietnamese hành động ngu xuẩn…
in Malaysian kebodohan…
in Thai ความเขลา…
in French folie…
in German die Torheit…
in Chinese (Simplified) 愚蠢, 愚蠢的行为(或念头等)…
in Indonesian ketololan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 愚蠢, 愚蠢的行為(或念頭等)…
What is the pronunciation of folly?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


to succeed in finishing something or reaching an aim, especially after a lot of work or effort

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More