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FOOL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fool mean? 

FOOL (noun)
  The noun FOOL has 3 senses:

1. a person who lacks good judgment
2. a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
3. a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the middle ages

  Familiarity information: FOOL used as a noun is uncommon.


FOOL (verb)
  The verb FOOL has 4 senses:

1. make a fool or dupe of
2. spend frivolously and unwisely
3. fool or hoax
4. indulge in horseplay

  Familiarity information: FOOL used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FOOL (noun)


Sense 1fool [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who lacks good judgment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

tomfool; saphead; muggins; fool; sap

Hypernyms ("fool" is a kind of...):

simple; simpleton (a person lacking intelligence or common sense)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fool"):

ass (a pompous fool)

Wally (a silly and inept person; someone who is regarded as stupid)

putz ((Yiddish) a fool; an idiot)

morosoph (a learned fool)

meshuggeneh; meshuggener ((Yiddish) a crazy fool)

bozo; cuckoo; fathead; goof; goofball; goose; jackass; twat; zany (a man who is a stupid incompetent fool)

fucker (a stupid despised man)

flibbertigibbet; foolish woman (a female fool)

buffoon; clown (a rude or vulgar fool)


Sense 2fool [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

chump; fall guy; sucker; gull; soft touch; patsy; mug; fool; mark

Hypernyms ("fool" is a kind of...):

dupe; victim (a person who is tricked or swindled)


Sense 3fool [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the middle ages

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

jester; motley fool; fool

Hypernyms ("fool" is a kind of...):

buffoon; clown; merry andrew (a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior)


FOOL (verb)


Sense 1fool [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a fool or dupe of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

befool; fool; gull

Hypernyms (to "fool" is one way to...):

cozen; deceive; delude; lead on (be false to; be dishonest with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2fool [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spend frivolously and unwisely

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

frivol away; fritter away; fritter; fool away; fool; dissipate; shoot

Context example:

Fritter away one's inheritance

Hypernyms (to "fool" is one way to...):

consume; squander; ware; waste (spend extravagantly)

"Fool" entails doing...:

consume; deplete; eat; eat up; exhaust; run through; use up; wipe out (use up (resources or materials))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3fool [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fool or hoax

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

cod; dupe; put one over; put one across; take in; slang; gull; befool; fool; put on

Context examples:

The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone / You can't fool me!

Hypernyms (to "fool" is one way to...):

betray; deceive; lead astray (cause someone to believe an untruth)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fool"):

kid; pull the leg of (tell false information to for fun)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4fool [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Indulge in horseplay

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

horse around; fool around; arse around; fool

Context examples:

Enough horsing around--let's get back to work! / The bored children were fooling about

Hypernyms (to "fool" is one way to...):

jest; joke (tell a joke; speak humorously)

play (be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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