Definitions for: Fool


[n] a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
[n] a person who lacks good judgment
[n] a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the middle ages
[v] indulge in horseplay; "Enough horsing around--let's get back to work!"; "The bored children were fooling about"
[v] fool or hoax; "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"; "You can't fool me!"
[v] spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance"
[v] make a fool or dupe of



Webster (1913) Definition: Fool, n. [Cf. F. fouler to tread, crush. Cf. 1st Foil.]
A compound of gooseberries scalded and crushed, with cream;
-- commonly called gooseberry fool.


Fool, n. [OE. fol, n. & adj., F. fol, fou, foolish, mad;
a fool, prob. fr. L. follis a bellows, wind bag, an inflated
ball; perh. akin to E. bellows. Cf. Folly, Follicle.]
1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of
understanding; an idiot; a natural.

2. A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or
pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one
without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt.

Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools. --Milton.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn
in no other. --Franklin.

3. (Script.) One who acts contrary to moral and religious
wisdom; a wicked person.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
--Ps. xiv. 1.

4. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or
buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed
fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.

Can they think me . . . their fool or jester?
--Milton.

April fool, Court fool, etc. See under April, Court,
etc.

Fool's cap, a cap or hood to which bells were usually
attached, formerly worn by professional jesters.

Fool's errand, an unreasonable, silly, profitless adventure
or undertaking.

Fool's gold, iron or copper pyrites, resembling gold in
color.

Fool's paradise, a name applied to a limbo (see under
Limbo) popularly believed to be the region of vanity and
nonsense. Hence, any foolish pleasure or condition of vain
self-satistaction.

Fool's parsley (Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant
([AE]thusa Cynapium) resembling parsley, but nauseous
and poisonous.

To make a fool of, to render ridiculous; to outwit; to
shame. [Colloq.]

To play the fool, to act the buffoon; to act a foolish
part. ``I have played the fool, and have erred
exceedingly.'' --1 Sam. xxvi. 21.


Fool, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fooled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Fooling.]
To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle
sport or mirth.



Is this a time for fooling? --Dryden.


Fool, v. t.
1. To infatuate; to make foolish. --Shak.

For, fooled with hope, men favor the deceit.
--Dryden.

2. To use as a fool; to deceive in a shameful or mortifying
manner; to impose upon; to cheat by inspiring foolish
confidence; as, to fool one out of his money.

You are fooled, discarded, and shook off By him for
whom these shames ye underwent. --Shak.

To fool away, to get rid of foolishly; to spend in trifles,
idleness, folly, or without advantage.

Synonyms: arse around, befool, befool, chump, cod, dissipate, dupe, fall guy, fool around, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, gull, gull, gull, horse around, jester, mark, mug, muggins, patsy, put on, put one across, put one over, sap, saphead, schlemiel, shlemiel, shoot, slang, soft touch, sucker, take in, tomfool

See Also: ass, betray, bozo, buffoon, clown, consume, cozen, cuckoo, deceive, deceive, delude, deplete, dupe, eat, eat up, exhaust, fathead, flibbertigibbet, foolish woman, fucker, goof, goose, jackass, jest, joke, kid, lead astray, lead on, merry andrew, meshuggener, morosoph, play, pull the leg of, run through, simple, simpleton, squander, twat, use up, victim, Wally, ware, waste, wipe out, zany

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