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foolnoun [C]

us   /ful/
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.

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 wearing heavy makeup and coloring her hair. [I] You don’t owe me a penny, I was only fooling (= joking).
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foolnoun

uk   /fuːl/ 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 way
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 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 things
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.
  • fool noun (SWEET DISH)

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

foolverb

uk   /fuːl/ 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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fooladjective [before noun]

uk   /fuːl/ us   /fuːl/ mainly US informal
(Definition of fool from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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