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fool

noun [C]  /ful/ us  
a person who behaves in a silly way, or someone who lacks judgment: Crazy I may be, but I try not to be a fool. I know I’m making a fool of myself, but I can’t help it. They were dressed up like a bunch of fools.

fool

adjective [not gradable]  /ful/ not standard us  
silly or stupid: I made a damn fool mistake, but I’ll never do it again.

fool

verb [I/T]  /ful/ us  
to trick or deceive someone: [T] She tries to fool people about her age by wearing heavy makeup and coloring her hair. [I] You don’t owe me a penny, I was only fooling (= joking).
Translations of “fool”
in Korean 멍청이…
in Arabic أَحمق…
in French fou, folle…
in Turkish aptal, budala…
in Italian sciocco, -a…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人, 傻瓜,笨蛋,蠢人, (舊時宮廷裡的)弄臣,小丑…
in Russian дурак…
in Polish głupiec…
in Spanish tonto, imbécil…
in Portuguese idiota, bobo, -a…
in German der Narr/die Närrin…
in Catalan ximple, beneit, -a…
in Japanese ばか者…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人, 傻瓜,笨蛋,蠢人, (旧时宫廷里的)弄臣,小丑…
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