April fool


: the butt of a joke or trick played on April Fools' Day
also : such a joke or trick

Examples of April fool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web April Fools' Day is right around the corner, so let the April fools' pranks begin! Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 17 Feb. 2023 No one should get hurt over an April fools' joke! Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 17 Feb. 2023 No, this is not an elaborate April fool. Chris Haslam, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of April fool was in 1629

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“April fool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/April%20fool. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

April fool

: one who is tricked on April Fools' Day
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