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fool

 (fo͞ol)
n.
1. One who is deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding.
2. One who acts unwisely on a given occasion: I was a fool to have quit my job.
3. One who has been tricked or made to appear ridiculous; a dupe: They made a fool of me by pretending I had won.
4. Informal A person with a talent or enthusiasm for a certain activity: a dancing fool; a fool for skiing.
5. A member of a royal or noble household who provided entertainment, as with jokes or antics; a jester.
6. One who subverts convention or orthodoxy or varies from social conformity in order to reveal spiritual or moral truth: a holy fool.
7. A dessert made of stewed or puréed fruit mixed with cream or custard and served cold.
8. Archaic A mentally deficient person; an idiot.
v. fooled, fool·ing, fools
v.tr.
1. To deceive or trick; dupe: "trying to learn how to fool a trout with a little bit of floating fur and feather" (Charles Kuralt).
2. To confound or prove wrong; surprise, especially pleasantly: We were sure they would fail, but they fooled us.
v.intr.
1. Informal
a. To speak or act facetiously or in jest; joke: I was just fooling when I said I had to leave.
b. To behave comically; clown.
c. To feign; pretend: He said he had a toothache but he was only fooling.
2. To engage in idle or frivolous activity.
3. To toy, tinker, or mess: shouldn't fool with matches.
adj. Informal
Foolish; stupid: off on some fool errand or other.
Phrasal Verbs:
fool around Informal
1. To engage in idle or casual activity; putter: was fooling around with the old car in hopes of fixing it.
2. To engage in frivolous activity; make fun.
3. To engage in casual sexual activity.
4.
a. To have a sexual affair with someone who is not one's spouse or partner.
b. To have many sexual affairs.
fool away
To waste (time or money) foolishly; squander: fooled away the week's pay on Friday night.
Idiom:
play/act the fool
1. To act in an irresponsible or foolish manner.
2. To behave in a playful or comical manner.

[Middle English fol, from Old French, from Late Latin follis, windbag, fool, from Latin follis, bellows; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.fool away - spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance"
ware, squander, consume, waste - spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"

fool

noun
1. One deficient in judgment and good sense:
Informal: dope, gander, goose.
2. A person who is easily deceived or victimized:
Informal: sucker.
Chiefly British: mug.
verb
1. To cause to accept what is false, especially by trickery or misrepresentation:
Informal: bamboozle, have.
Slang: four-flush.
2. To waste time by engaging in aimless activity:
3. To handle something idly, ignorantly, or destructively:
Informal: monkey.
4. To move one's fingers or hands in a nervous or aimless fashion:
phrasal verb
fool around
1. Informal. To waste time by engaging in aimless activity:
Informal: mess around.
2. Informal. To make jokes; behave playfully:
Informal: clown (around), fun.
3. Informal. To engage in kissing, caressing, and other amorous behavior:
Informal: neck, pet, spoon.
Slang: make out.
4. Informal. To be sexually unfaithful to another:
phrasal verb
fool away
To spend (money) excessively and usually foolishly:
Slang: blow.
References in classic literature ?
I always hate to fool away a humorous thing on a person who has no perception of humor; and it filled me with bitterness when this man went soberly away to submit the last proposition to his principal.
They were not likely to fool away this high promise for lack of effort.
It was getting late, and we had no time to fool away on every ass that wanted to drivel Greek platitudes to us.