suffer fools gladly

Definition of suffer fools gladly

:to be kind to and patient with people who are annoying or bothersome usually used in negative statements
  • My mother was a woman who did not suffer fools gladly.

Word by Word Definitions

suffer play
  1. : to submit to or be forced to endure

  2. : to feel keenly : labor under

  3. : undergo, experience

fool play fools
  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

glad play gladly
  1. : having a cheerful or happy disposition by nature

  2. : experiencing pleasure, joy, or delight : made happy

  3. : made pleased, satisfied, or grateful

  1. : gladden

  1. : gladiolus


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