- 1 (stupid person)idiota (masculine or feminine)what a stupid fool he is!
tonto, (-ta) (masculine, feminine)¡qué idiota or imbécil es!I was fool enough to believe himfui tan tonto or idiota que le creíto make a fool of oneselfhacer el ridículoto make somebody look a fooldejar a alguien en ridículoshe made herself look an utter o absolute foolhizo un ridículo espantosoif you don't believe me, then more fool yousi no me crees, peor para tihe's no o nobody's foolno tiene un pelo de tontonot to suffer fools gladly
nadie le toma el pelotener muy poca paciencia con las estupideces de la genteto act o play the foolhacer payasadashacer el payaso (Spain)to live in a fool's paradisevivir engañadoto send somebody on a fool's errandmandar a alguien a dar un paseítomandar a alguien a ver si llueve (Latin America) [humorous]a fool and his money are soon parteda los tontos no les dura el dinerothere's no fool like an old foolno hay peor tonto que un viejo tontofools 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.
- who are you trying to fool?¿a quién te crees que estás engañando?you had me completely fooledme tenías absolutamente convencidato fool somebody
intosomething/ -ingI fooled him into thinking that …le hice creer que …she was fooled into giving us the keyconseguimos engañarla para que nos diera la llaveExample 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.
- 1→ fool around
- 2 (joke) I was only foolingestaba bromeando
lo dije ( or hice etc) en bromaExample 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.
- → fool around 1
- 1 (act foolishly)
hacer payasadaschildren shouldn't fool around with electricity
los niños no deben jugar con la electricidad2 (be sexually involved) girls who fool around
las chicas que andan con uno y con otrohe was fooling around with other women
tenía enredos or andaba con otras
noun(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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