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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.

Nearby words

befitting, befittingly, beflag, beflowered, befog, befool, before, before long, before the present, before the wind, before you can say jack robinson

Origin of befool

First recorded in 1350–1400, befool is from the Middle English word befolen. See be-, fool1
SYNONYMS FOR befool Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for befool


/ (bɪˈfuːl) /


(tr) to make a fool of
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Word Origin and History for befool



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

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