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Foly, Folie, n. Also: folye, follie; pl. foleis. [ME. foly(e, folie, OF. folie, f. fol foolish.]

1. Foolishness, folly. 1375 Barb. i. 344.
To fenyhe foly quhile is wyt
Ib. vi. 355.
Hardyment vith foly is vis
a1400 Leg. S. xxvii. 1135.
Full gret foly it is To sper that manis wit excedis
c1420 Wynt. vii. 3452.
Yhe rawe, and tratelys all foly
1456 Hay I. 286/26.
Gif fulis throu thair foly be sa daft that thai wage bataill for lytill
c1475 Wall. i. 54.
Foly it was … Succour to sek of thar alde mortale fa
Ib. v. 944.
This is bot waist foly
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 180/23.
It is folie and vanite to ony man [etc.]
1549 Compl. 14/3.
Thy philosophour … maye be callit the mirrour of folye
1562-3 Winȝet II. 10/35.
The folie, ȝea, the phrenesie of thir proud pestilent Protestantis
1603 Philotus cxi.
Ane faith perfumit with fyne folie

2. An instance or act of folly. 1456 Hay II. 64/10.
All sik folyis … castis men of Goddis grace
c1460 Consail Wys Man 441.
Gyf thow has ony foleis done, Schaw to the prest
a1500 Rauf C. 524.
I defend we fecht or fall in that foly
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 57.
Geif wear brekks vp of thys foly laitly done on the border
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xxxi. 1.
Amang folyis [Q. foleis] ane grit folye I find

3. Foly hat, a hat resembling a fool's cap. 1513 Doug. iv. v. 79.
Abufe his hed … Set lyke a mytir the Troiane foly hat [L. mitra]
Ib. vi. Prol. 16.
Gif you list not wirk eftir the wis[e], Heich on ȝour hede set vp the foly hat
1540 Lynd. Sat. 4385 (B).
I haif foly hattis to sell

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