- to play a trick on; fool or deceive
- to treat as a fool
transitive verbbe·fooled, be·fool·ing, be·fools
- To make a fool of.
- To hoodwink; deceive.
(third-person singular simple present befools, present participle befooling, simple past and past participle befooled)
- Although archaic in Western countries, this verb is still current in the English of South Asia.
From Middle English bifolen, equivalent to be- + fool.