act/play the fool

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of act/play the fool

: to behave in a silly or foolish way
  • If you keep playing the fool by asking silly questions, people won't take you seriously.

Word by Word Definitions

act play
  1. : the doing of a thing : deed

  2. : something done voluntarily

  3. : the process of doing something : action

  1. : to take action : move

  2. : to conduct oneself : behave

  3. : to perform on the stage

  1. used for a standardized achievement test to evaluate suitability for college admission

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

fool play
  1. : a person lacking in judgment or prudence

  2. : a retainer (see 1retainer 1) formerly kept in great households to provide casual entertainment and commonly dressed in motley with cap, bells, and bauble

  3. : one who is victimized or made to appear foolish : dupe

  1. : foolish, silly

  1. : to behave foolishly

  2. : to meddle, tamper, or experiment especially thoughtlessly or ignorantly

  3. : to play or improvise a comic role


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