Fool - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fuːl|  American pronunciation of the word fool
Brit.  |fuːl|  British pronunciation of the word fool


- a person who lacks good judgment (syn: muggins, sap, saphead, tomfool)
- a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of (syn: chump, gull, mark, mug, patsy, sucker)
- a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages (syn: jester)


- make a fool or dupe of (syn: befool, gull)
- spend frivolously and unwisely (syn: dissipate, fool away, fritter, shoot)
- fool or hoax (syn: befool, cod, dupe, gull, put on, slang, take in)
You can't fool me!
- indulge in horseplay (syn: fool around, horse around)
The bored children were fooling about

Extra examples

Only a fool would ask such a silly question.

You'd be a fool to believe what he tells you.

You're making yourself look like a fool.

The dog was barking its fool head off.

Some fool driver kept trying to pass me!

When she first told us that she was getting married, we thought she was fooling.

His disguise didn't fool anybody.

He really had me fooled.

Stop fooling yourself—she doesn't really love you.

I was a fool to trust him.

He is fool enough to think she still loves him.

Stop acting a fool.

You have done some fool things in your time, but that's the worst.

Don't fool around with matches.

Stop fooling about, we have serious work to do.

Phrasal verbs

fool around  — indulge in horseplay
fool away  — spend frivolously and unwisely

Word forms

I/you/we/they: fool
he/she/it: fools
present participle: fooling
past tense: fooled
past participle: fooled
singular: fool
plural: fools
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