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fool

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fool \Fool\, noun [Cf. F. fouler to tread, crush. Cf. 1st {Foil}.] A compound of gooseberries scalded and crushed, with cream; -- commonly called gooseberry fool.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fool \Fool\, noun [OE. fol, noun & adjective, F. fol, fou, foolish, mad; a fool, prob. fr. L. follis a bellows, wind bag, an inflated ball; perh. akin to E. bellows. Cf. {Folly}, {Follicle}.]

1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding; an idiot; a natural.

2. A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt.

Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools. --Milton.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. --Franklin.

3. (Script.) One who acts contrary to moral and religious wisdom; a wicked person.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. --Ps. xiv. 1.

4. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.

Can they think me . . . their fool or jester? --Milton.

{April fool}, {Court fool}, etc. See under {April}, {Court}, etc.

{Fool's cap}, a cap or hood to which bells were usually attached, formerly worn by professional jesters.

{Fool's errand}, an unreasonable, silly, profitless adventure or undertaking.

{Fool's gold}, iron or copper pyrites, resembling gold in color.

{Fool's paradise}, a name applied to a limbo (see under {Limbo}) popularly believed to be the region of vanity and nonsense. Hence, any foolish pleasure or condition of vain self-satistaction.

{Fool's parsley} (Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant ({Aethusa Cynapium}) resembling parsley, but nauseous and poisonous.

{To make a fool of}, to render ridiculous; to outwit; to shame. [Colloq.]

{To play the fool}, to act foolishly; to act the buffoon; to act a foolish part. "I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly." --1 Sam. xxvi. 21.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fool \Fool\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Fooled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fooling}.] To play the fool.

2. To waste time in unproductive activity; to spend time in idle sport or mirth; to trifle; to toy.

Syn: fool around. [PJC]

Is this a time for fooling? --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fool \Fool\, verb (used with an object)

1. To infatuate; to make foolish. --Shak.

For, fooled with hope, men favor the deceit. --Dryden.

2. To use as a fool; to deceive in a shameful or mortifying manner; to impose upon; to cheat by inspiring foolish confidence; as, to fool one out of his money.

You are fooled, discarded, and shook off By him for whom these shames ye underwent. --Shak.

{To fool away}, to get rid of foolishly; to spend in trifles, idleness, folly, or without advantage.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

fool

noun

1: a person who lacks good judgment [syn: {fool}, {sap}, {saphead}, {muggins}, {tomfool}]

2: a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of [syn: {chump}, {fool}, {gull}, {mark}, {patsy}, {fall guy}, {sucker}, {soft touch}, {mug}]

3: a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages [syn: {jester}, {fool}, {motley fool}]

verb

1: make a fool or dupe of [syn: {fool}, {gull}, {befool}]

2: spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance" [syn: {fritter}, {frivol away}, {dissipate}, {shoot}, {fritter away}, {fool}, {fool away}]

3: fool or hoax; "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"; "You can't fool me!" [syn: {gull}, {dupe}, {slang}, {befool}, {cod}, {fool}, {put on}, {take in}, {put one over}, {put one across}]

4: indulge in horseplay; "Enough horsing around--let's get back to work!"; "The bored children were fooling about" [syn: {horse around}, {arse around}, {fool around}, {fool}]

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