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English noun: fool

1. fool (person) a person who lacks good judgment

Synonymsmuggins, sap, saphead, tomfool

Broader (hypernym)simple, simpleton

Narrower (hyponym)ass, bozo, buffoon, clown, cuckoo, fathead, flibbertigibbet, foolish woman, fucker, goof, goofball, goose, jackass, meshuggeneh, meshuggener, morosoph, putz, twat, wally, zany

2. fool (person) a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of

Synonymschump, fall guy, gull, mark, mug, patsy, soft touch, sucker

Broader (hypernym)dupe, victim

3. fool (person) a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages

Synonymsjester, motley fool

Broader (hypernym)buffoon, clown, goof, goofball, merry andrew

English verb: fool

1. fool (social) make a fool or dupe of

Synonymsbefool, gull

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cozen, deceive, delude, lead on

2. fool (consumption) spend frivolously and unwisely

SamplesFritter away one's inheritance.

Synonymsdissipate, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, shoot

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)consume, squander, ware, waste

Entailconsume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out

3. fool (communication) fool or hoax

SamplesThe immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone.
You can't fool me!.

Synonymsbefool, cod, dupe, gull, put on, put one across, put one over, slang, take in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)betray, deceive, lead astray

Narrower (hyponym)kid, pull the leg of

4. fool (communication) indulge in horseplay

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

Synonymsarse around, fool around, horse around

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)jest, joke, play

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