Definition of Fool

1. Noun. A person who lacks good judgment.

2. Verb. Make a fool or dupe of.
Exact synonyms: Befool, Gull
Generic synonyms: Cozen, Deceive, Delude, Lead On
Derivative terms: Gull

3. Noun. A person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of.
Exact synonyms: Chump, Fall Guy, Gull, Mark, Mug, Patsy, Soft Touch, Sucker
Generic synonyms: Dupe, Victim
Derivative terms: Gull, Gull, Suck

4. Verb. Spend frivolously and unwisely. "Fritter away one's inheritance"

5. Noun. A professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages.
Exact synonyms: Jester, Motley Fool
Generic synonyms: Buffoon, Clown, Goof, Goofball, Merry Andrew
Derivative terms: Jest, Jest

6. Verb. Fool or hoax. "You can't fool me!"
Exact synonyms: Befool, Cod, Dupe, Gull, Put On, Put One Across, Put One Over, Slang, Take In
Specialized synonyms: Kid, Pull The Leg Of
Generic synonyms: Betray, Deceive, Lead Astray
Derivative terms: Dupe, Dupery, Gull, Put-on, Take-in

7. Verb. Indulge in horseplay. "The bored children were fooling about"
Exact synonyms: Arse Around, Fool Around, Horse Around
Generic synonyms: Jest, Joke, Play
Derivative terms: Foolery

Definition of Fool

1. n. A compound of gooseberries scalded and crushed, with cream; -- commonly called gooseberry fool.

2. n. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding; an idiot; a natural.

3. v. i. To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.

4. v. t. To infatuate; to make foolish.

Definition of Fool

1. Noun. (pejorative) A person with poor judgment or little intelligence. ¹

2. Noun. (historic) A jester; a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court (or lower personages). ¹

3. Noun. (informal) Someone who very much likes something specified. ¹

4. Noun. (cooking) A type of dessert made of puréed fruit and custard or cream. ¹

5. Noun. (often capitalized '''Fool''') A particular card in a tarot deck. ¹

6. Verb. To trick; to make a fool of someone. ¹

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Definition of Fool

1. to deceive [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: deceive

Medical Definition of Fool

1. 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. 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 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 colour. 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, an annual umbelliferous plant (aethusa Cynapium) resembling parsley, but nauseous and poisonous. To make a fool of, to render ridiculous; to outwit; to shame. To play the fool, to act the buffoon; to act a foolish part. "I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly." Origin: OE. Fol, & 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fool

fool (current term)
fool's cap
fool's errand
fool's gold
fool's huckleberry
fool's mate
fool's mates
fool's paradise
fool's parsley
fool about
fool away
fool to oneself
fool up

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