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Definition: To play the fool
, n. [OE. fol, n. & adj., F. fol, fou, foolish, mad;
a fool, prob. fr. L. follis a bellows, wind bag, an inflated
ball; perh. akin to E. bellows. Cf. Folly
1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of
understanding; an idiot; a natural.
2. 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.
Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools. --Milton.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn
in no other. --Franklin.
3. (Script.) One who acts contrary to moral and religious
wisdom; a wicked person.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
--Ps. xiv. 1.
4. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or
buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed
fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.
Can they think me . . . their fool or jester?
, Court fool
, etc. See under April
, a cap or hood to which bells were usually
attached, formerly worn by professional jesters.
, an unreasonable, silly, profitless adventure
, iron or copper pyrites, resembling gold in
, a name applied to a limbo (see under
) popularly believed to be the region of vanity and
nonsense. Hence, any foolish pleasure or condition of vain
(Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant
) resembling parsley, but nauseous
To make a fool of
, to render ridiculous; to outwit; to
To play the fool
, to act the buffoon; to act a foolish
part. “I have played the fool, and have erred
--1 Sam. xxvi. 21.