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fool 1

American English: /ful/
British English: /fuːl/


  • 1 (stupid person)
    idiota (masculine or feminine)
    tonto, (-ta) (masculine, feminine)
    what a stupid fool he is!
    ¡qué idiota or imbécil es!
    I was fool enough to believe him
    fui tan tonto or idiota que le creí
    to make a fool of oneself
    hacer el ridículo
    to make somebody look a fool
    dejar a alguien en ridículo
    she made herself look an utter o absolute fool
    hizo un ridículo espantoso
    if you don't believe me, then more fool you
    si no me crees, peor para ti
    he's no o nobody's fool
    no tiene un pelo de tonto
    nadie le toma el pelo
    not to suffer fools gladly
    tener muy poca paciencia con las estupideces de la gente
    to act o play the fool
    hacer payasadas
    hacer el payaso (Spain)
    to live in a fool's paradise
    vivir engañado
    to send somebody on a fool's errand
    mandar a alguien a dar un paseíto
    mandar a alguien a ver si llueve (Latin America) [humorous]
    a fool and his money are soon parted
    a los tontos no les dura el dinero
    there's no fool like an old fool
    no hay peor tonto que un viejo tonto
    fools rush in (where angels fear to tread)
    Example sentences
    • Dealing with drunken fools who don't know when to quit is the downside to any bar job.
    • More than a necessary evil, it has become a mandatory fool's errand.
    • We're all on a fool's errand, credit card in hand.
  • 2 (jester)
    Example sentences
    • In Twelfth Night, Feste plays the role of a humble clown employed by Olivia's father playing the licensed fool of their household.
    • He, too, is an extension of More, both of his comic side in general and of his love of fools and clowns in particular, as reported by Erasmus.
    • Samis are often stereotyped as the comical helpers of Santa Claus or, even more negatively, as drunken fools or jesters.

transitive verb

  • who are you trying to fool?
    ¿a quién te crees que estás engañando?
    you had me completely fooled
    me tenías absolutamente convencida
    to fool somebody into something/-ingI fooled him into thinking that …
    le hice creer que …
    she was fooled into giving us the key
    conseguimos engañarla para que nos diera la llave
    Example sentences
    • Do you mean to suggest that Chinese people are fooled or fool themselves into living in a false world?
    • She was fooled into using her fame to help promote a slimming drink, which turned out to be tea.
    • The design is practically flawless, the use of textures and atmosphere so real that you are fooled into a sense of realism.

intransitive verb

  • 2 (joke) I was only fooling
    estaba bromeando
    lo dije ( or hice etc) en broma
    Example sentences
    • These may only be laughing and fooling about, but given all the publicity about drugs etc, people are afraid to walk past or talk to them.
    • Our engineers were fooling about in the studio singing vulgar songs and making rude remarks in front of the microphone.
    • Destined for academic greatness, Masters says he still had time to fool about at grammar school in Richmond, North Yorkshire.


  • (before noun) (American English)

Phrasal verbs

fool about

(esp British English)
fool around 1

fool around

verb + adverb
1 (act foolishly)
hacer payasadas
children shouldn't fool around with electricity
los niños no deben jugar con la electricidad
2 (be sexually involved) girls who fool around
las chicas que andan con uno y con otro
he was fooling around with other women
tenía enredos or andaba con otras
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fool 2

American English: /ful/
British English: /fuːl/


(esp British English) (Cookery)
  • countable or uncountable
    (postre a base de puré de frutas y crema)
    Example sentences
    • Fruit fools, jellies, and ice creams were popular desserts.
    • For dessert, we ordered the rhubarb and strawberry fool, with stem ginger ice cream.
    • Use it trickled over ice-cream sundaes, on pancakes, or with the banana fool above.
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