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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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