fool about

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of fool about

British, informal
1 : to do things that are not useful or serious : to waste time : to do things slowly
  • We fooled about outdoors for a while, but then went inside to get some work done.
2 : to have sex with someone who is not one's husband, wife, or regular partner
  • His wife discovered that he was fooling about (on her).

Word by Word Definitions

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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