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fool

noun (PERSON)    /fuːl/
B1 [C] a person who behaves in a silly way without thinking: [as form of address] You fool, you've missed your chance! He's a fool if he thinks she still loves him. [+ to infinitive] He's a fool to think she still loves him. He's fool enough to think she still loves him. My fool of a (= silly) husband has gone out and taken my keys!Stupid and silly people [C] in the past, a person who was employed in the court of a king or queen to make them laugh by telling jokes and doing funny thingsEntertainers in general act/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.Behaving in a silly way any fool anyone: Any fool could tell that she was joking.Someone, anyone, no one or everyone make a fool of sb B2 to trick someone or make them appear stupid in some wayCheating and trickingPlotting and trapping make a fool of yourself B2 to do something that makes other people think you are silly or not to be respected: I got a bit drunk and made a fool of myself.Behaving in a silly way more fool sb mainly 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!"Stupid and sillyOf unsound mind 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.IntelligencePerceptive
(Definition of fool noun (PERSON) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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