Dictionary: FOOL'ISH – FOOT'HOT

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  1. Void of understanding or sound judgment; weak in intellect; applied to general character.
  2. Unwise; imprudent; acting without judgment or discretion in particular things.
  3. Proceeding from folly, or marked with folly; silly; vain; trifling. But foolish questions avoid. 2 Tim. ii.
  4. Ridiculous; despicable. A foolish figure he must make. Prior.
  5. In Scripture, wicked; sinful; acting without regard to the divine law and glory, or to one's own eternal happiness. O foolish Galatians. Gal. iii.
  6. Proceeding from depravity; sinful; as, foolish lusts. 1 Tim. vi.


  1. Weakly; without understanding or judgment; unwisely; indiscreetly.
  2. Wickedly; sinfully. I have done very foolishly. 2 Sam. xxiv.


  1. Folly; want of understanding.
  2. Foolish practice; want of wisdom or good judgment.
  3. In a Scriptural sense, absurdity; folly. The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness. 1 Cor i.

FOOLS'CAP, n. [Qu. full and L. scapus, or folio and shape.]

A kind of paper of small size.


A plant, of the genus æthusa.


A plant, the Orchis.


A trap to catch fools; as, a fly trap. Dryden.

FOOT, n. [plur. Feet. Sax. fot, fet; D. voet; G. fuss; Sw. fot; Dan. fod; Gr. πους, ποδος; L. pes, pedis; Sanscrit, pad; Siam. bat; Fr. pied, pie; Sp. pie; Port. pe; It. piede, piè; Copt. bat, fat. Probably this word is allied to the Gr. πατεω, to walk, to tread; as the W. troed, foot, is to the Eng. verb, to tread.]

  1. In animal bodies, the lower extremity of the leg; the part of the leg which treads the earth in standing or walking, and by which the animal is sustained and enabled to step.
  2. That which bears some resemblance to an animal's foot in shape or office; the lower end of any thing that supports a body; as, the foot of a table.
  3. The lower part; the base; as, the foot of a column or of a mountain.
  4. The lower part; the bottom; as, the foot of an account; the foot of a sail.
  5. Foundation; condition; state. We are not on the same foot with our fellow citizens. In this sense, it is more common, in America, to use footing; and in this sense the plural is not used.
  6. Plan of establishment; fundamental principles. Our constitution may hereafter be placed on a better foot. [In this sense the plural is not used.]
  7. In military language, soldiers who march and fight on foot; infantry, as distinguished from cavalry. [In this sense the plural is not used.]
  8. A measure consisting of twelve inches; supposed to be taken from the length of a man's foot. Geometricians divide the foot into 10 digits, and the digit into 10 lines. Encyc.
  9. In poetry, a certain number of syllables, constituting part of a verse; as, the iambus, the dactyl, and the spondee.
  10. Step; pace. L'Estrange.
  11. Level; par. [Obs.] Bacon.
  12. The part of a stocking or boot which receives the foot. By foot, or rather, on foot, by walking; as, to go or pass on foot; or by fording; as, to pass a stream on foot. See the next definition. To set on foot, to originate; to begin; to put in motion; as, to set on foot a subscription. Hence, to be on foot, is to be in motion, action or process of execution.

FOOT, v.i.

  1. To dance; to tread to measure or music; to skip. Dryden.
  2. To walk; opposed to ride or fly. In this sense, the word is commonly followed by it. If you are for a merry jaunt, I'll try, for once, who can foot it farthest. Dryden.

FOOT, v.t.

  1. To kick; to strike with the foot; to spurn. Shak.
  2. To settle; to begin to fix. [Little used.] Shak.
  3. To tread; as, to foot the green. Tickel.
  4. To add the numbers in a column, and set the sum at the foot; as, to foot an account.
  5. To seize and hold with the foot. [Not used.] Herbert.
  6. To add or make a foot; as, to foot a stocking or boot.


  1. A ball consisting of an inflated bladder, cased in leather, to be driven by the foot. Waller.
  2. The sport or practice of kicking the football. Arbuthnot.


A band of infantry.


A menial; an attendant in livery. Swift.


The breadth of the foot. Deut. ii.


A narrow bridge for foot passengers. Sidney.


A Sumpter cloth. Shak.


A cushion for the feet.


Shaped in the foot; as, footed like a goat. Grew.

FOOT'ED, pp.

Kicked; trod; summed up; furnished with a foot, as a stocking.


A trip or stumble. Shak.


A conflict by persons on foot, in opposition to a fight on horseback. Sidney.

FOOT'GUARDS, n. [plur.]

Guards of infantry.


A disease incident to sheep, and said to proceed from a worm, which enters between the claws. Encyc.


That which sustains the feet firmly and prevents them from slipping or moving; that on which one may tread or rest securely. L'Estrange.

FOOT'HOT, adv.

Immediately; a word borrowed from hunting. Gower.