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fool

fool

 
 
pronunciation:
ful
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person who does not have good sense or judgment.
Max was a fool to think he could get up late and make it to school on time.
synonyms:
idiot
similar words:
ass, dummy, dunce
definition 2: a person who has been or is likely to be tricked or made to look silly.
I felt like a fool when I slipped and fell in the cafeteria.
similar words:
butt, pigeon, sap
definition 3: a person whose job was to entertain people by acting in a funny or foolish way for a king or noble; jester.
synonyms:
jester
similar words:
clown
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: fooled, fooling, fools
definition 1: to trick into believing something that is not true; deceive.
He fooled his mother with a card trick.
synonyms:
deceive, kid, trick
similar words:
bluff, cheat, mislead, swindle
definition 2: to pretend; tease.
He said he was a nuclear rocket scientist, but he was only fooling.
synonyms:
make believe
similar words:
counterfeit
definition 3: to act without serious purpose or in a silly way (usually followed by "around").
They were fooling around when they should have been working.
synonyms:
mess around
similar words:
fiddle around, frolic, play, putter, trifle
Word History
Fool comes from follis, a Latin word that means "bellows" or "leather bag." Later, it came to be used for an empty-headed person.
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