fool


fool
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noun
ADJECTIVE
big, great, silly, stupid

You're an even bigger fool than I thought.

absolute, complete, total, utter
poor (= unfortunate)
old (= used to show sympathy, affection or a lack of respect)

The poor old fool was imprisoned on my account.

young
little

You silly little fool!

VERB + FOOL
feel (esp. BrE), feel like

I felt such a fool when I realized what I'd done. (BrE)

I felt like a fool when I realized what I'd done.

look (esp. BrE), look like

They had left me looking like a fool.

act like, behave like

Stop behaving like a fool!

suffer

She doesn't suffer fools gladly.

call sb
take sb for

He had taken me for a complete fool.

PREPOSITION
like a fool

Like a fool, I told her everything.

fool of a sth

That fool of a doctor has prescribed me the wrong medicine!

PHRASES
act the fool, play the fool

Stop acting the fool and be serious!

Being an actor doesn't just mean playing the fool.

be no fool, be nobody's fool (= be too clever to be deceived by sb/sth)

She's nobody's fool. She had the car checked by a mechanic before buying it.

make a fool of sb/yourself, make a fool out of sb

She was angry at having been made a fool of.

more fool (sb) (BrE)

I thought it was safe to leave my suitcase there. More fool me (= I was stupid to think so).

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verb
ADVERB
completely
easily

She's not easily fooled.

VERB + FOOL
cannot
try to
PREPOSITION
into

He fooled them into thinking he was a detective.

with

You can't fool me with all that nonsense!

PHRASES
have sb fooled

She had me completely fooled for a moment.


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  • Fool — Fool, n. [OE. fol, n. & adj., 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fool — Ⅰ. fool [1] ► NOUN 1) a person who acts unwisely. 2) historical a jester or clown. ► VERB 1) trick or deceive. 2) (fool about/around) act in a joking or frivolous way. 3) …   English terms dictionary

  • fool — fool1 [fo͞ol] n. [ME fol < OFr (Fr fou) < LL follis < L, windbag, bellows: see FOLLICLE] 1. a) a person with little or no judgment, common sense, wisdom, etc.; silly or stupid person; simpleton b) Obs. a mentally retarded person 2. a man …   English World dictionary

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  • Fool — Fool, v. t. 1. To infatuate; to make foolish. Shak. [1913 Webster] For, fooled with hope, men favor the deceit. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To use as a fool; to deceive in a shameful or mortifying manner; to impose upon; to cheat by inspiring… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fool — fool, idiot, imbecile, moron, simpleton, natural are often used popularly and interchangeably of one regarded as lacking sense or good judgment but each can be more precisely applied to someone mentally deficient in a given degree. Fool, the most …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Fool — Fool, n. [Cf. F. fouler to tread, crush. Cf. 1st {Foil}.] A compound of gooseberries scalded and crushed, with cream; commonly called gooseberry fool. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fool — Fool, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fooled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fooling}.] To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth. [1913 Webster] Is this a time for fooling? Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fool — [n] stupid or ridiculous person ass, birdbrain*, blockhead*, bonehead*, boob*, bore, buffoon, clod*, clown, cretin*, dimwit*, dolt*, dope*, dumb ox*, dunce, dunderhead*, easy mark*, fair game*, fathead*, goose*, halfwit, idiot, ignoramus,… …   New thesaurus

  • fool — index bilk, deceive, defraud, delude, dupe, ensnare, entrap, evade (deceive), illude …   Law dictionary


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