fool Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “fool” in the English Dictionary

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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 ​missedyourchance! 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 tothink she still ​loves him.make a fool of sb B2 to ​trick someone or make someone ​appearstupid in some waymake a fool of yourself B2 to do something that makes other ​peoplethink 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 ​ no fool (also be nobody's fool) to not be ​stupid or ​easilydeceived: 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 ​courtlaugh by ​tellingjokes and doing ​funny thingsact/play the fool to ​behave in a ​silly way, often ​intentionally to make ​peoplelaugh: Stop ​acting the fool, I'm ​trying to ​talk to you.

fool noun (SWEET DISH)

[C or U] UK a ​sweet, ​softfood made of ​crushedfruit, ​cream, and ​sugar: gooseberry fool


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 intobelieving that he'd ​won a lot of ​ 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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fooladjective [before noun]

uk   us   /fuːl/ mainly US informal
silly: You've done some fool things in ​yourtime, but this ​beats everything.
(Definition of fool from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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foolnoun [C]

 us   /ful/
a ​person who ​behaves in a ​silly way, or someone who ​lacksjudgment: 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.

fooladjective [not gradable]

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

foolverb [I/T]

 us   /ful/
to ​trick or ​deceive someone: [T] She ​tries to fool ​people about her ​age by ​wearingheavy makeup and ​coloring her ​hair. [I] You don’t ​owe me a ​penny, I was only ​fooling (= ​joking).
(Definition of fool from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fool”
in Korean 멍청이…
in Arabic أَحمق…
in Malaysian bodoh…
in French fou, folle…
in Russian дурак…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人, 傻瓜,笨蛋,蠢人, (舊時宮廷裡的)弄臣,小丑…
in Italian sciocco, -a…
in Turkish aptal, budala…
in Polish głupiec…
in Spanish tonto, imbécil…
in Vietnamese kẻ ngu đần…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 人, 傻瓜,笨蛋,蠢人, (旧时宫廷里的)弄臣,小丑…
in Indonesian orang bodoh…
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