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Definition of Fool


  1. A compound of gooseberries scalded and crushed, with cream; -- commonly called gooseberry fool.
  2. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding; an idiot; a natural.
  3. A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt.
  4. One who acts contrary to moral and religious wisdom; a wicked person.
  5. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.
  6. To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.
  7. To infatuate; to make foolish.
  8. To use as a fool; to deceive in a shameful or mortifying manner; to impose upon; to cheat by inspiring foolish confidence; as, to fool one out of his money.

Fool Quotations

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Abraham Lincoln

Sholom Aleichem Quote
Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
Sholom Aleichem

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Abraham Lincoln

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain
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Fool Translations

fool in Dutch is dwaas, zot, malloot
fool in German is Narr, Dummkopf
fool in Italian is allocco, pazzo, idiota
fool in Latin is balatro
fool in Portuguese is tolo
fool in Swedish is narr, tok, dumbom

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