[ fool ]
/ ful /
a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.
a professional jester, formerly kept by a person of royal or noble rank for amusement: the court fool.
a person who has been tricked or deceived into appearing or acting silly or stupid: to make a fool of someone.
an ardent enthusiast who cannot resist an opportunity to indulge an enthusiasm (usually preceded by a present participle): He's just a dancing fool.
a weak-minded or idiotic person.
verb (used with object)
to trick, deceive, or impose on: They tried to fool him.
verb (used without object)
to act like a fool; joke; play.
to jest; pretend; make believe: I was only fooling.
- to putter aimlessly; waste time: She fooled around all through school.
- to philander or flirt.
- to be sexually promiscuous, especially to engage in adultery.
fool away, to spend foolishly, as time or money; squander: to fool away the entire afternoon.
fool with, to handle or play with idly or carelessly: to be hurt while fooling with a loaded gun; to fool with someone's affections.
Words nearby fool
Idioms for fool
be nobody's fool, to be wise or shrewd.
Origin of fool1
1225–75; Middle English fol, fool < Old French fol < Latin follis bellows, bag; cf. follis
SYNONYMS FOR fool
ANTONYMS FOR fool
OTHER WORDS FROM foolun·fooled, adjectiveun·fool·ing, adjectivewell-fooled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fool away (1 of 2)
/ (fuːl) /
a person who lacks sense or judgement
a person who is made to appear ridiculous
(formerly) a professional jester living in a royal or noble household
obsolete an idiot or imbecilethe village fool
form the fool Caribbean to play the fool or behave irritatingly
no fool a wise or sensible person
play the fool or act the fool to deliberately act foolishly; indulge in buffoonery
(tr) to deceive (someone), esp in order to make him or her look ridiculous
(intr; foll by with, around with, or about with) informal to act or play (with) irresponsibly or aimlesslyto fool around with a woman
(intr) to speak or act in a playful, teasing, or jesting manner
(tr foll by away) to squander; fritterhe fooled away a fortune
fool along US to move or proceed in a leisurely way
informal short for foolish
Word Origin for fool
C13: from Old French fol mad person, from Late Latin follis empty-headed fellow, from Latin: bellows; related to Latin flāre to blow
British Dictionary definitions for fool away (2 of 2)
/ (fuːl) /
mainly British a dessert made from a purée of fruit with cream or custardgooseberry fool
Word Origin for fool
C16: perhaps from fool 1
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Idioms and Phrases with fool away (1 of 2)
Squander, waste money or time, as in He was fooling away the entire afternoon. [Early 1600s] Also see fool around, def. 2.
Idioms and Phrases with fool away (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with fool
- fool and his money are soon parted, a
- fool around
- fool away
- fools rush in where angels fear to tread
- make a fool of
- nobody's fool
- no fool like an old fool
- not suffer fools gladly
- play the fool
- take for (a fool)
Also see underfoolish.
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