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tomfool

[ tom-fool ]
/ ˈtɒmˈful /
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noun

a grossly foolish or stupid person; a silly fool.

adjective

being or characteristic of a tomfool.

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Origin of tomfool

1325–75; Middle English Thome fole Tom the fool

OTHER WORDS FROM tomfool

tomfoolish, adjectivetom·fool·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tomfool

tomfool
/ (ˌtɒmˈfuːl) /

noun

  1. a fool
  2. (as modifier)tomfool ideas

Derived forms of tomfool

tomfoolish, adjectivetomfoolishness, noun

Word Origin for tomfool

C14: from tom 1 + fool 1
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