fool around

variants: or chiefly British fool about
fooled around; fooling around; fools around

Definition of fool around

intransitive verb

1 : to behave in a way that is not very serious When it comes to safety, we don't fool around. often, specifically : to spend time idly, aimlessly, or frivolously Later in the day, the three of us were fooling around, waiting for Mr. Michaels to get class started. — Marilyn Reynolds
2 : to engage in casual sexual activity She found out that her partner had been fooling around on her. [=having sex with someone else] — see also fool around with

Examples of fool around in a Sentence

quit fooling around on the jungle gym, or you'll get hurt spent the rainy afternoon listening to music and fooling around

First Known Use of fool around

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fool around.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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