v. play a joke on, trick; act like a fool; joke, play around
“I am an old fool,” he thought to himself, “and anyone can well see that I have nothing else to think about!”
“And how not to be,” returned the uncle, “when one lives in a world full of fools such as this? Merry Christmas! To hell with your merry Christmases!
“Come now,” I replied; “you are doing just what fools do. You mistake a little old man for a spectre.”
He was convinced that he would be a fool if he were raised in America.
I have acted like an old fool, and I have treated you in an undignified manner.
"I am not such a fool!" exclaimed the dwarf. "Don’t you see it is that damn fish that wants to drag me into it?"
"Don’t be a fool," said Barnes.
"Let me go, you fool," I gasped. "The marble figures have gone from the church; I’m telling you they've gone."
"Don’t be a fool," said Barnes, angrily.
"You fool," said the woman, "that is not your little pigeon; it is the morning sun shining on the chimney."
1. clown: buffoon, cretin, drool, harlequin, jester, zany
2. dunce: blockhead, ass, booby, butt, dolt, idiot, ignoramus
3. moron: idiot, imbecile, stupid person, wag, jerk, twerp
4. cheat: mislead, con, cozen, deceive, delude, dupe
5. dawdle: dally, idle, jest, joke, loiter, play, tarry