Synonyms of fool in English:


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1‘you've acted like a complete fool’

idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
informal dope, ninny, chump, dimwit, nitwit, goon, dumbo, dummy, dum-dum, dumb-bell, loon, jackass, bonehead, fathead, numbskull, dunderhead, chucklehead, knucklehead, muttonhead, pudding-head, thickhead, wooden-head, airhead, pinhead, lamebrain, pea-brain, birdbrain, zombie, jerk, nerd, dipstick, donkey, noodle
British informal nit, numpty, twit, clot, goat, plonker, berk, prat, pillock, wally, git, wazzock, divvy, nerk, twerp, charlie, mug, muppet
Scottish informal nyaff, balloon, sumph, gowk
Irish informal gobdaw
North American informal schmuck, bozo, boob, lamer, turkey, schlepper, chowderhead, dumbhead, goofball, goof, goofus, galoot, dork, lummox, klutz, putz, schlemiel, sap, meatball, gink, cluck, clunk, ding-dong, dingbat, wiener, weeny, dip, simp, spud, coot, palooka, poop, squarehead, yo-yo, dingleberry
US informal wing nut
Australian, New Zealand informal drongo, dill, alec, galah, nong, bogan, poon, boofhead
South African informal mompara
British vulgar slang knobhead
North American vulgar slang asshat
archaic tomfool, noddy, clodpole, loggerhead, spoony, mooncalf

2‘she always makes a fool of him’

laughing stock, dupe, butt, gull, pushover, easy mark, tool, cat's paw
informal stooge, sucker, mug, fall guy
North American informal sap

3‘the fool in King James's court’

jester, court jester, clown, buffoon, comic, joker, jokester, zany, merry andrew
wearer of the motley, harlequin, Pierrot, Punchinello, Pantaloon


1‘he found he'd been fooled by a schoolboy’

deceive, trick, play a trick on, hoax, dupe, take in, mislead, delude, hoodwink, bluff, beguile, gull, make a fool of, outwit
swindle, defraud, cheat, double-cross
informal con, bamboozle, pull a fast one on, pull someone's leg, take for a ride, pull the wool over someone's eyes, throw dust in someone's eyes, put one over on, have on, diddle, fiddle, swizzle, rip off, do, sting, gyp, shaft
British informal sell a pup to
North American informal sucker, snooker, stiff, euchre, bunco, hornswoggle
Australian informal pull a swifty on
rare cozen, sharp, mulct

2‘they both yelled for help, but the ones on shore thought they were fooling’

pretend, make believe, feign, put on an act, act, sham, fake, counterfeit
tease, joke, jest, play tricks, clown about, clown around, play the fool
informal kid, mess about, mess around
British informal wind someone up, have someone on, muck someone about, muck someone around

3‘she fooled around with a bunch of keys while she spoke’

fiddle, play, play about, play around, toy, trifle, meddle, tamper, interfere, monkey about, monkey around
informal mess about, mess around
British informal muck about, muck around

4‘my husband's been fooling around behind my back’

philander, womanize, flirt, have an affair, commit adultery
informal play around, mess about, mess around, carry on, play the field, play away, sleep around, swing
vulgar slang screw around
rare coquet