April fool

noun

Definition of April fool

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

First Known Use of April fool

1629, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About April fool

Time Traveler for April fool

Time Traveler

The first known use of April fool was in 1629

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near April fool

April

April fool

April Fools' Day

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for April fool

Cite this Entry

“April fool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/April%20fool. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!