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fool

noun
 
 
/fuːl/
B1 [C] a stupid person: I was a fool to trust him.Stupid and silly people
make a fool (out) of sb B2 to try to make someone look stupid intentionally: She was always trying to make a fool out of me in front of my friends.Cheating and trickingPlotting and trappingHumiliating and degrading
make a fool of yourself B2 to behave in a silly or embarrassing way: I got drunk and started singing and making a fool of myself.Stupid and silly behaviour
act/play the fool to behave in a silly way, usually in order to make people laugh: Joe is always playing the fool in class.Stupid and silly behaviour
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…
(Definition of fool noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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