verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to putter aimlessly; waste time: She fooled around all through school.
- to philander or flirt.
- to be sexually promiscuous, especially to engage in adultery.
Words nearby fool
Idioms for fool
Origin of fool1
SYNONYMS FOR fool
OTHER WORDS FROM foolun·fooled, adjectiveun·fool·ing, adjectivewell-fooled, adjective
Examples from the Web for fooling
That ride or die act we have been fooling the world with obviously ain't working.The Chris Brown vs. Drake Feud Continues: Brown Claims Ex GF Karrueche Tran Cheated with Drizzy|Marlow Stern|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or perhaps she was fooling around with entertainment lawyer Kevin Yorn instead.Gwyneth Paltrow Haunts Coldplay’s Self-Conscious Breakup Album ‘Ghost Stories’|Andrew Romano|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On balance, it's better than it is worse if the media are demanding proof and saying you're not fooling us twice.
I can't tell you which of the demography deniers are fooling themselves, and which are trying to con the rest of us.
Whispers flooded Maryland politics that the Baltimore mayor was fooling around.
This is a bad place to be fooling around in when it is dark.The Battleship Boys in Foreign Service|Frank Gee Patchin
He is honest and sympathetic, otherwise I would never have succeeded in fooling and getting him in tow, but now I've got him.Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist|Harlan Page Halsey
Shall I tell the real reason why I have unintentionally succeeded in fooling so many people?The Curious Republic of Gondour and Other Whimsical Sketches|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
"She's fooling me," he said, throwing his coat on to a chair so that it fell on to the ground where he let it lie.Changing Winds|St. John G. Ervine
My new gun went off while I was fooling with it, with my hand over the muzzle.Ranson's Folly|Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for fooling (1 of 2)
Word Origin for fool
British Dictionary definitions for fooling (2 of 2)
Word Origin for fool
Idioms and Phrases with fooling
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.