- a grossly foolish or stupid person; a silly fool.
- being or characteristic of a tomfool.
Origin of tomfool
1325–75; Middle English Thome fole Tom the fool
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Examples from the Web for tomfool
That tomfool letter we sent ruined whatever chance I had left.Cabbages and Kings
Then aloud in Spanish: "What's the good of all that tomfool business?"Lone Pine
R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
Go and fetch the money and the tomfool paint-box thing that you say he had it in."Carrots:"
And think of that tomfool of a Tommy-Bill-beg sending the man to me.She's All the World to Me
"I'll stop all night in your tomfool wood and up your tomfool trees," he said.The Trees of Pride
- a fool
- (as modifier)tomfool ideas
C14: from tom 1 + fool 1
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Word Origin and History for tomfool
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