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fool

noun uk   us   /fuːl/

fool noun (PERSON)

B1 [C] a person who behaves in a silly way without thinking: [as form of address] You fool, you missed your chance! He's a fool if he thinks she still loves him. He said he would pay me back and like a fool, I believed him. Ifelt like a fool when I dropped my phone in the toilet. [+ to infinitive] He's a fool to think she still loves him.make a fool of sb B2 to trick someone or make someone appear stupid in some waymake a fool of yourself B2 to do something that makes other people think you are silly or not to be respected: I got a little drunk and made a fool of myself.any fool anyone: Any fool could tell that she was joking.be no fool (also be nobody's fool) to not be stupid or easily deceived: I notice Ed didn't offer to pay for her - he's no fool.more fool sb UK said to mean that you think someone is being unwise: "I lent Rhoda £100 and she hasn't paid me back." "More fool you - you know what she's like!"
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[C] in the past, a person who was employed in the court of a king or queen to make the court laugh by telling jokes and doing funny thingsact/play the fool to behave in a silly way, often intentionally to make people laugh: Stop acting the fool, I'm trying to talk to you.

fool noun (SWEET DISH)

[C or U] UK a sweet, soft food made of crushed fruit, cream, and sugar: gooseberry fool

fool

verb uk   us   /fuːl/
B2 [I or T] to trick someone: Don't be fooled by his appearance. She said she was doing it to help me, but I wasn't fooled. Tim was fooled into believing that he'd won a lot of money.you could have fooled me! informal used to tell someone that you do not believe what they have just said: "Really, I'm very happy." "You could have fooled me."
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fool

adjective [before noun] uk   us   /fuːl/ mainly US informal
silly: You've done some fool things in your time, but this beats everything.
Translations of “fool”
in Arabic أَحمق…
in Korean 멍청이…
in Malaysian bodoh…
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 Vietnamese kẻ ngu đần…
in Spanish tonto, imbécil…
in Portuguese idiota, bobo, -a…
in Thai คนโง่…
in German der Narr/die Närrin…
in Catalan ximple, beneit, -a…
in Japanese ばか者…
in Indonesian orang bodoh…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人, 傻瓜,笨蛋,蠢人, (旧时宫廷里的)弄臣,小丑…
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