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Meaning of FOOL

Pronunciation:  fool

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

FOOL is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fool\, n. [Cf. F. fouler to tread, crush. Cf. 1st {Foil}.]
    A compound of gooseberries scalded and crushed, with cream;
    -- commonly called gooseberry fool.
  2. \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?
    {April fool}, {Court fool}, etc. See under {April}, {Court},
    {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
    {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
    {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.
  3. \Fool\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fooled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle
    sport or mirth.
       Is this a time for fooling?                 --Dryden.
  4. \Fool\, v. t.
    1. To infatuate; to make foolish. --Shak.
             For, fooled with hope, men favor the deceit.
    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.
Computing Dictionary

Fool's Lisp. A small scheme interpreter.

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