Fool n. A compound of gooseberries scalded and crushed, with cream; -- commonly called gooseberry fool.
1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding; an idiot; a natural.
2. A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt.
Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools. --Milton.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. --Franklin.
3. Script. One who acts contrary to moral and religious wisdom; a wicked person.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. --Ps. xiv. 1.
4. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.
Can they think me . . . their fool or jester? --Milton.
April fool, Court fool, etc. See under April, Court, etc.
Fool's cap, a cap or hood to which bells were usually attached, formerly worn by professional jesters.
Fool's errand, an unreasonable, silly, profitless adventure or undertaking.
Fool's gold, iron or copper pyrites, resembling gold in color.
Fool's paradise, a name applied to a limbo (see under Limbo) popularly believed to be the region of vanity and nonsense. Hence, any foolish pleasure or condition of vain self-satistaction.
Fool's parsley Bot., an annual umbelliferous plant (Aethusa Cynapium) resembling parsley, but nauseous and poisonous.
To make a fool of, to render ridiculous; to outwit; to shame. [Colloq.]
To play the fool, to act foolishly; to act the buffoon; to act a foolish part. “I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.” --1 Sam. xxvi. 21.
Fool, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fooled p. pr. & vb. n. Fooling.] To play the fool.
Is this a time for fooling? --Dryden.
Fool, v. t.
1. To infatuate; to make foolish.
For, fooled with hope, men favor the deceit. --Dryden.
2. 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.
You are fooled, discarded, and shook off
By him for whom these shames ye underwent. --Shak.
To fool away, to get rid of foolishly; to spend in trifles, idleness, folly, or without advantage.
n 1: a person who lacks good judgment [syn: sap, saphead, muggins,
2: a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of [syn:
chump, gull, mark, patsy, fall guy, sucker, soft
3: a professional clown employed to entertain a king or
nobleman in the middle ages [syn: jester, motley fool]
v 1: make a fool or dupe of [syn: gull, befool]
2: spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's
inheritance" [syn: fritter, frivol away, dissipate,
shoot, fritter away, fool away]
3: fool or hoax; "The immigrant was duped because he trusted
everyone"; "You can't fool me!" [syn: gull, dupe, slang,
befool, cod, put on, take in, put one over, put
4: indulge in horseplay; "Enough horsing around--let's get back
to work!"; "The bored children were fooling about" [syn: horse
around, arse around, fool around]