- the victim of a practical joke or trick on April Fools' Day.
- a practical joke or trick played on that day.
Origin of April fool
Examples from the Web for april fool
Bertie walks slowly toward the door, but stops halfway there, and asks, "Is it April-fool's Day?"
You know, Mrs. Vanderhook expects me to look after the decorations of her April-Fool tea party.The Gay Gnani of Gingalee
- an unsuspecting victim of a practical joke or trick traditionally performed on the first of April (April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day)
Word Origin and History for april fool
1680s; April-gowk (from Old Norse gaukr "a cuckoo") is a northern variant. April Fool's Day customs of sending people on false errands seem to have come to England from France late 17c.; originally All Fool's Day (1712). In Cumberland, Westmorland and northern parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire, however, May 1 was the day for hoaxing, and the fool was a May gosling. That custom was first attested 1791.