fool around


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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 around - indulge in horseplayfool around - indulge in horseplay; "Enough horsing around--let's get back to work!"; "The bored children were fooling about"
jest, joke - tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he appears serious"
play - be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children; "The kids were playing outside all day"; "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"
2.fool around - commit adultery; "he plays around a lot"
cheat on, cuckold, wander, betray, cheat - be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?"

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.
Translations
References in classic literature ?
'Well, it's too many for ME, that's certain; must be a mighty long hole; however, I ain't got no time to fool around here, I got to "tend to business"; I reckon it's all right--chance it, anyway.'
"Tom, I don't like to fool around much where there's dead people.
Only a chechaquo'd fool around that pasture long enough to fill a pan of dirt.
'Sometimes, I tell myself that I might as well fool around so her doubts will have basis already.'
In politics you cannot fool around,' he told reporters after opening the 1Malaysia internet centres of Kampung Teluk Buluh, Kampung Selekoh and Bagan Datuk town here today.
One minute he's disinterested and the next he wants to grope me and fool around. He doesn't seem to care that the last guys I dated were disrespectful and is only thinking of his own selfish needs.