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fool

noun

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1 a person who lacks good sense or judgment
  • only a fool would attempt to climb that mountain unprepared

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2 a person formerly kept in a royal or noble household to amuse with jests and pranks
  • a king's fool could get away with saying things that others in the palace couldn't

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3 a person with a strong and habitual liking for something
  • I'm a fool for ice cream

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4 a person having or showing a severely disordered or abnormal state of mind
  • he got out of serving in the army by successfully pretending to be a fool

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fool

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of fool (Entry 2 of 3)

showing or marked by a lack of good sense or judgment
  • he's always got some fool plan or other

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fool

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of fool (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to cause to believe what is untrue
  • I fooled him into thinking that we were driving to the store, not to his surprise birthday party

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2 to make jokes
  • an edgy comedian fooling with an appreciative college audience

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The first known use of fool was in the 13th century

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“Fool.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fool. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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