|Origin:||fol, from Latin follis 'bag for blowing air'|
a stupid person or someone who has done something stupid [= idiot]:
What a fool she had been to think that he would stay.
Like a fool, I accepted straight away.
You silly old fool!
to do something stupid that you feel embarrassed about afterwards and that makes you seem silly:
Sorry I made such a fool of myself last night. I must have been drunk.
to deliberately do something to make someone else seem stupid:
I suddenly realised that I was being made a fool of.
used to say that it is very easy to do something or to see that something is true:
Any fool could have seen what would happen.
to be difficult to trick or deceive, because you have a lot of experience and knowledge about something:
Katherine was nobody's fool when it came to money.
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a sweet food made of soft cooked fruit mixed with cream
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used to say that you think someone was stupid to do something, and it is their own fault if this causes trouble:
'Jim smashed up my car.' ' More fool you for letting him borrow it!'
if you say that someone doesn't suffer fools gladly, they do not have any patience with people who they think are stupid
to feel happy and satisfied, and believe there are no problems, when in fact this is not true
to behave in a silly way, especially in order to make people laugh:
Stop playing the fool! You'll fall.
to make someone go somewhere or do something for no good reason
used to say that people are stupid if they do something immediately without thinking about it first
used to say that stupid people spend money quickly without thinking about it
a man whose job was to entertain a king or other powerful person in the past, by doing tricks, singing funny songs etc [= jester]