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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English fole (fool), from Old French fol (cf. modern French fou (mad)) from Latin follis.[1]. Doublet of follis.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fuːl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːl

NounEdit

fool (plural fools)

  1. (derogatory) A person with poor judgment or little intelligence.
    You were a fool to cross that busy road without looking.
    The village fool threw his own shoes down the well.
    • Franklin
      Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
  2. (historical) A jester; a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court (or lower personages).
  3. (informal) Someone who derives pleasure from something specified.
    • Milton
      Can they think me [] their fool or jester?
    • 1975, Foghat, "Fool for the City" (song), Fool for the City (album):
      I'm a fool for the city.
  4. (slang) Buddy, dude, person.
  5. (cooking) A type of dessert made of puréed fruit and custard or cream.
    an apricot fool; a gooseberry fool
  6. (often capitalized, Fool) A particular card in a tarot deck.

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VerbEdit

fool (third-person singular simple present fools, present participle fooling, simple past and past participle fooled)

  1. To trick; to make a fool of someone.
  2. To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.
    • Dryden
      Is this a time for fooling?
    • 1972, Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (page 56)
      She's always complaining that she got stuck with the worst possible committee. And that me and Jimmy fool more than we work.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ fool in: T. F. Hoad, Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, Oxford University Press, 2003, →ISBN

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Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French fol (French fou (mad)) from Latin follis.[1]

NounEdit

fool

  1. Alternative form of fole (fool)

AdjectiveEdit

fool

  1. Alternative form of fole (foolish)

Etymology 2Edit

From Old English fola.

NounEdit

fool

  1. Alternative form of fole (foal)

RohingyaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Sanskrit पागल (pāgala)

NounEdit

fool

  1. mad man
    1. ^ fool in: T. F. Hoad, Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, Oxford University Press, 2003, →ISBN