Fool meaning

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One who is deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding.
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One who acts unwisely on a given occasion.

I was a fool to have quit my job.

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The definition of a fool is someone with poor judgment.

An example of a fool is someone who constantly takes dangerous risks.

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One who subverts convention or orthodoxy or varies from social conformity in order to reveal spiritual or moral truth.

A holy fool.

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A member of a royal or noble household who provided entertainment, as with jokes or antics; a jester.
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A dessert made of stewed or puréed fruit mixed with cream or custard and served cold.
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A mentally deficient person; an idiot.
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To deceive or trick; dupe.
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One who has been tricked or made to appear ridiculous; a dupe.

They made a fool of me by pretending I had won.

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A person with a talent or enthusiasm for a certain activity.

A dancing fool; a fool for skiing.

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To engage in idle or frivolous activity.
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To toy, tinker, or mess.

Shouldn't fool with matches.

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To confound or prove wrong; surprise, especially pleasantly.

We were sure they would fail, but they fooled us.

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Foolish; stupid.

Off on some fool errand or other.

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A victim of a joke or trick; dupe.
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A person especially devoted to or skilled in some activity.

A dancing fool.

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Foolish.
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To act like a fool; be silly.
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To speak, act, etc. in jest; joke.
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To trifle or meddle (with)
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To make a fool of; trick; deceive; dupe.
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Crushed stewed fruit mixed with cream, esp. whipped cream.
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(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.

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(historical) A jester; a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court (lower personages).
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(informal) Someone who derives pleasure from something specified.
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(cooking) A type of dessert made of puréed fruit and custard or cream.

An apricot fool; a gooseberry fool.

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(often capitalized, Fool) A particular card in a tarot deck.
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To trick; to make a fool of someone.
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To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.
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To fool is defined as to trick or lie to.

An example of to fool is for a person to trick everyone into believing she is kind and generous when she is really a thief.

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A man formerly kept in the household of a nobleman or king to entertain by joking and clowning; professional jester.
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play
  • To act in an irresponsible or foolish manner.
  • To behave in a playful or comical manner.
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be no fool
  • To be shrewd and capable.
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fool around
  • To spend time in trifling or pointless activity.
  • To trifle or meddle.
  • To engage in casual sexual activity.
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fool away
  • To fritter away foolishly.
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play the fool
  • To act like a fool; do silly things; clown.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of fool

  • Middle English fol from Old French from Late Latin follis windbag, fool from Latin follis bellows bhel-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English fōl (“fool”), from Old French fol (French fou (“mad”)) from Latin follis.
    From Wiktionary