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[bih-fool] /bɪˈful/
verb (used with object)
to fool; deceive; dupe.
Obsolete. to treat as a fool; call (someone) a fool.
Origin of befool
First recorded in 1350-1400, befool is from the Middle English word befolen. See be-, fool1
1. bamboozle, delude, mislead; cheat, swindle. Unabridged
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  • Yet lest vanity should befool me, I dared not act upon suspicions.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • To what good end do men so flatter and befool one of their harmless fellows?

    Imaginary Interviews W. D. Howells
  • For a moment he thought it might all have been a plot of Cesano's to befool him.

    The King of Alsander

    James Elroy Flecker
  • We have forgotten, else it would be impossible they should try to befool us.

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
  • "Oh, I was going out to see if I could befool anybody," said Peik.

    East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen
  • She did not hesitate even to tell him of her success in an attempt to befool and seduce Eutyches the denunciator.

    Herodias Gustave Flaubert
  • But easy as it is to befool women-kind, it is difficult to deceive them, if we want to get rid of them.

  • In his keen subtlety and cunning he can outmatch the keenest of us; outwit and befool without doing any extra thinking.

  • Or was he a very clever scoundrel, with irony lurking in his soft voice, and a chuckle that could so befool me?

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
  • You dazzle, you befool, you drive me crazy, and you leave me empty—why should I throw my life away for that!

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for befool


(transitive) to make a fool of
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for befool

late 14c., from be- + fool (n.). Related: Befooled; befooling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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