- One who is deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding.
- One who acts unwisely on a given occasion: I was a fool to have quit my job.
- One who has been tricked or made to appear ridiculous; a dupe: They made a fool of me by pretending I had won.
- Informal A person with a talent or enthusiasm for a certain activity: a dancing fool; a fool for skiing.
- A member of a royal or noble household who provided entertainment, as with jokes or antics; a jester.
- One who subverts convention or orthodoxy or varies from social conformity in order to reveal spiritual or moral truth: a holy fool.
- A dessert made of stewed or puréed fruit mixed with cream or custard and served cold.
- Archaic A mentally deficient person; an idiot.
verbfooled, fool·ing, fools
- To deceive or trick; dupe: “trying to learn how to fool a trout with a little bit of floating fur and feather” ( Charles Kuralt )
- To confound or prove wrong; surprise, especially pleasantly: We were sure they would fail, but they fooled us.
a. To speak or act facetiously or in jest; joke: I was just fooling when I said I had to leave.
b. To behave comically; clown.
c. To feign; pretend: He said he had a toothache but he was only fooling.
- To engage in idle or frivolous activity.
- To toy, tinker, or mess: shouldn't fool with matches.
Foolish; stupid: off on some fool errand or other. Phrasal Verbs: fool around Informal
To engage in idle or casual activity; putter: was fooling around with the old car in hopes of fixing it.
To engage in frivolous activity; make fun.To engage in casual sexual activity.
a. To have a sexual affair with someone who is not one's spouse or partner.
b. To have many sexual affairs. fool away
To waste (time or money) foolishly; squander: fooled away the week's pay on Friday night.
Origin of fool
Middle English fol from
Old French from
Late Latin follis windbag, fool from
Latin follis bellows
; see bhel-2
in Indo-European roots.
- (pejorative) A person with poor judgment or little intelligence.
- You were a fool to cross that busy road without looking.
- The village fool threw his own shoes down the well.
- (historical) A jester; a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court (lower personages).
- (informal) Someone who derives pleasure from something specified.
- (cooking) A type of dessert made of puréed fruit and custard or cream.
- an apricot fool; a gooseberry fool
- (often capitalized, Fool) A particular card in a tarot deck.
(third-person singular simple present fools, present participle fooling, simple past and past participle fooled)
- To trick; to make a fool of someone.
- To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.
From Middle English fōl (“fool”), from Old French fol (French fou (“mad”)) from Latin follis.