- fool1 [fu:l] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(stupid person)¦2 make a fool of yourself3 make a fool of somebody4 any fool can do something5 be no/nobody's fool6 gooseberry/strawberry etc fool7 more fool you/him etc8 not suffer fools gladly9 be living in a fool's paradise10 play/act the fool11 (send somebody on) a fool's errand12 fools rush in (where angels fear to tread)13 a fool and his money are soon parted14¦(entertainer)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: fol, from Latin follis 'bag for blowing air']1.) ¦(STUPID PERSON)¦a stupid person or someone who has done something stupid= ↑idiot▪ What a fool she had been to think that he would stay.▪ Like a fool , I accepted straight away.▪ You silly old fool !2.) make a fool of yourselfto do something stupid that you feel embarrassed about afterwards and that makes you seem silly▪ Sorry I made such a fool of myself last night. I must have been drunk.3.) make a fool of sbto deliberately do something to make someone else seem stupid▪ I suddenly realised that I was being made a fool of.4.) any fool can do sthspoken used to say that it is very easy to do something or to see that something is true▪ Any fool could have seen what would happen.5.) be no/nobody's foolto be difficult to trick or deceive, because you have a lot of experience and knowledge about something▪ Katherine was nobody's fool when it came to money.6.) gooseberry/strawberry etc foolBrE a sweet food made of soft cooked fruit mixed with cream7.) more fool you/him etcBrE spoken used to say that you think someone was stupid to do something, and it is their own fault if this causes trouble▪ 'Jim smashed up my car.' ' More fool you for letting him borrow it!'8.) not suffer fools gladlyif you say that someone doesn't suffer fools gladly, they do not have any patience with people who they think are stupid9.) be living in a fool's paradiseto feel happy and satisfied, and believe there are no problems, when in fact this is not true10.) play/act the foolto behave in a silly way, especially in order to make people laugh▪ Stop playing the fool! You'll fall.11.) (send sb on) a fool's errandto make someone go somewhere or do something for no good reason12.) fools rush in (where angels fear to tread)used to say that people are stupid if they do something immediately without thinking about it first13.) a fool and his money are soon partedused to say that stupid people spend money quickly without thinking about it14.) ¦(ENTERTAINER)¦a man whose job was to entertain a king or other powerful person in the past, by doing tricks, singing funny songs etc= ↑jesterfool 2fool2 v1.) [T]to trick someone into believing something that is not true▪ Even art experts were fooled.you don't/can't fool me▪ You can't fool me with that old excuse.be fooled by sth▪ Don't be fooled by appearances.fool sb into doing sth▪ I was fooled into believing their promises.2.) fool yourselfto try to make yourself believe something that you know is not really true▪ It's no good fooling yourself. He's not coming back.3.) you could have fooled mespoken used to show that you do not believe what someone has told you▪ 'Look, we're doing our best to fix it.' 'Well, you could have fooled me.'4.) sb is just foolingspoken used to say that someone is not serious and is only pretending that something is true= ↑somebody is just kidding▪ Don't pay any attention to Henry. He's just fooling.fool around phr v1.) to waste time behaving in a silly way or doing things that are not important= ↑mess around▪ He always used to fool around in class.2.) to behave in a way which is careless and not responsible= ↑mess around fool around with▪ Some idiot's been fooling around with the electricity supply!3.) AmE to spend time doing something that you enjoy, but that does not have a particular purpose= ↑mess around▪ The boys were out in the yard, just fooling around.4.) to have a sexual relationship with someone else's wife, boyfriend etc= ↑mess around▪ She found out that he'd been fooling around behind her back.fool with [fool with sth] phr v1.) to touch or play with something, especially when you should not= ↑mess with something▪ Who's been fooling with the radio dial?2.) to become involved in something which could cause damage or be dangerous= ↑mess with somethingfool 3fool3 adj [only before noun] AmE informalsilly or stupid= ↑foolish▪ What did you say a fool thing like that for?
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.