If you say that a person is fooling with something or someone, you mean that the way they are behaving is likely to cause problems. What are you doing fooling with such a staggering sum of money?
One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding; an idiot; a natural
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
disapproval If you say to someone `More fool you' when they tell you what they have done or what they plan to do, you are indicating that you think that it is silly and shows a lack of judgment. Most managers couldn't care less about information technology. More fool them
If you play the fool or act the fool, you behave in a playful, childish, and foolish way, usually in order to make other people laugh. They used to play the fool together, calling each other silly names and giggling. or jester Comic entertainer whose madness or imbecility, real or pretended, made him a source of amusement and gave him license to abuse and poke fun at even his most exalted patrons. Professional fools flourished in diverse societies from ancient Egyptian times until the 18th century. Often deformed, dwarfed, or crippled, fools were kept for luck as well as amusement, in the belief that deformity can avert the evil eye and that abusive raillery can transfer ill luck from the abused to the abuser. In some societies, they were regarded as inspired with poetic and prophetic powers. The greatest literary characterization of the fool is found in William Shakespeare's King Lear. fool's gold April Fools' Day All Fools' Day
If you make a fool of someone, you make them seem silly by telling people about something stupid that they have done, or by tricking them. Your brother is making a fool of you He'd been made a fool of
disapproval If you call someone a fool, you are indicating that you think they are not at all sensible and show a lack of good judgment. `You fool!' she shouted He'd been a fool to get involved with her! = idiot
A report by the Pensions Commission warned that the number who were failing to save enough for their retirement was higher than 12 million, and said that Britain had been living in a fool's paradise for 25 years.
If you fool around, you behave in a playful, childish, and silly way, often in order to make people laugh. In British English, you can also say you fool about. They fooled around for the camera. = mess about
disapproval If you say that a plan for getting money is fool's gold, you mean that it is foolish to carry it out because you are sure that it will fail or cause problems. The British establishment seems to be off on another quest for fool's gold
disapproval If you say that someone is living in a fool's paradise, you are criticizing them because they are not aware that their present happy situation is likely to change and get worse. living in a fool's paradise of false prosperity. A state of delusive contentment or false hope
A person subjected to a practical joke on April Fools' Day. Often used as an exclamation upon revealing the joke
APRIL FOOL, Any one imposed on, or sent on a bootless errand on the first of April, on which day it is the custom among the lower people, children, and servants, by dropping empty papers carefully doubled up, sending persons on absurd messages, and such like contrivances, to impose on every one they can, and then to salute them with the title of April-fool.
(Din) One who acts intentionally or unintentionally foolish in the eyes of men. He or she often goes around half-naked, is homeless, speaks in riddles, is believed to be clairvoyant and a prophet, and may occasionally be disruptive and challenging to the point of seeming immoral (though always to make a point)
If you look or feel foolish, you look or feel so silly or ridiculous that people are likely to laugh at you. I didn't want him to look foolish and be laughed at. = ridiculous + foolishly fool·ish·ly He saw me standing there, grinning foolishly at him
If someone's behaviour or action is foolish, it is not sensible and shows a lack of good judgment. It would be foolish to raise hopes unnecessarily It is foolish to risk skin cancer. + foolishly fool·ish·ly He admitted that he had acted foolishly. + foolishness fool·ish·ness They don't accept any foolishness when it comes to spending money
[ fül ] (noun.) 13th century. From Middle English fōl (“fool”) from Old French fol (French fou (“mad”)) from Latin follis.fool in: T. F. Hoad, Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, Oxford University Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-19-283098-8
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