Definitions of fool

  1. ( informal) having or revealing stupidity; " ridiculous anserine behavior"; " a dopey answer"; " a dopey kid"; " some fool idea about rewriting authors' books"
  2. indulge in horseplay; " Enough horsing around-- let's get back to work!"; " The bored children were fooling about"
  3. make a fool or dupe of
  4. fool or hoax; " The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"; " You can't fool me!"
  5. a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
  6. ( informal terms) " gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"; " wore a goofy hat"; " a silly idea"; " some wacky plan for selling more books"
  7. spend frivolously and unwisely; " Fritter away one's inheritance"
  8. a person who lacks good judgment
  9. a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the middle ages
  10. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding; an idiot; a natural.
  11. 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.
  12. One who acts contrary to moral and religious wisdom; a wicked person.
  13. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.
  14. To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.
  15. To infatuate; to make foolish.
  16. 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.
  17. A compound of gooseberries scalded and crushed, with cream; - commonly called gooseberry fool.
  18. A person lacking in reason or intelligence; idiot; in old times, a court jester; one who acts in an unwise manner; a victim or butt.
  19. To make a butt of; treat with contempt; disappoint; deceive.
  20. One who acts stupidly; a person of weak mind; a jester; ( B.) a wicked person.
  21. To deceive; to treat with contempt.
  22. To play the fool; to trifle.
  23. Silly or stupid person; jester.
  24. To play the fool.
  25. To make a fool of; impose upon; deceive; play the fool.
  26. A person lacking sense; a simpleton.
  27. An idiot; imbecile.
  28. A court jester.
  29. A person of weak intellect; a person who acts foolishly; a buffoon; a jester.
  30. A compound of gooseberries scalded and crushed with cream.
  31. To treat with contempt; to disappoint; to deceive; to infatuate; to cheat. The feast of fools, a kind of festival in the middle ages, somewhat similar to the Saturnalia of the Romans. Abbot of fools, a sort of histrionic character or leading buffoon at the public festivals or mummeries of Christmas or Shrovetide. To play the fool, to act the buffoon; to act like one void of understanding. To put the fool on, to treat as foolish. To make a fool of; to frustrate; to defeat. To fool away, to spend in trifles, idleness, folly, or without advantage; to spend for things of no value or use; to expend improvidently.
  32. To trifle; to toy; to spend time in idleness, sport, or mirth.
  33. One who acts absurdly; a person who is void of reason or understanding; a person of a weak intellect; a jester.
  34. To treat with contempt; to disappoint; to cheat; to trifle; to toy.

Usage examples for fool

  1. You call me a fool, and I'll hit you, and then you go at me again, and we should know then what we could do." – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  2. What a fool ! – Queechy, Volume II by Elizabeth Wetherell
  3. " He's a fool, then," said Thomas. – The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume
  4. Be not a fool! – Queen Mary and Harold by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  5. I am sure before 'tis over I shall make A fool of myself! – The Love-Chase by James Sheridan Knowles
  6. Told him he was a fool. – Lady Maude's Mania by George Manville Fenn
  7. Let him who is fool enough, believe it." – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  8. No, I'm not such a fool. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  9. " I don't want a fool. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  10. In one word, sir, I'm neither mad nor a fool! – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  11. Who you goin' to fool, sweety? – Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective by Ellis Parker Butler
  12. She is not such a fool. – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  13. Oh, what a fool I've been! – Short Cruises by W.W. Jacobs
  14. " I wonder what the fool will say next," whispered Inspector Chippenfield to Crewe. – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  15. Fool that he had been! – When the Sleepers Woke by Arthur Leo Zagat
  16. He has not been fool enough to believe madame would marry him, but he would have married her any day. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  17. But you are a little fool. – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford
  18. What if she has made a fool of me?" – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  19. What a fool I was to come here! – Cumner & South Sea Folk, Complete by Gilbert Parker
  20. Come away, you fool! – Red Money by Fergus Hume