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verb (used with object)
  1. to fool; deceive; dupe.
  2. Obsolete. to treat as a fool; call (someone) a fool.
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Origin of befool

First recorded in 1350–1400, befool is from the Middle English word befolen. See be-, fool1


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Examples from the Web for befool

Historical Examples

  • 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?

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for befool


  1. (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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