Synonyms of fool in English:


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See Spanish definition of idiota


1‘you've acted like a complete fool’

idiot, 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, ass, 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, dumbass, 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, fall guy
British informal mug
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, rip off, do, sting, gyp, shaft
British informal fiddle, swizzle, 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


    fool around

    1‘I shouted at him impatiently to stop fooling around’

    play the fool, act foolishly, act the clown, act the fool, play about, play around, clown about, clown around, monkey about, monkey around, play tricks, indulge in horseplay, engage in high jinks
    informal mess about, mess around
    British informal muck about, muck around, lark, lark about, lark, lark around
    North American informal cut up
    British vulgar slang piss about, piss around, arse about, arse around, bugger about, bugger around
    dated play the giddy goat

    2‘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