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1. casual, fooling

characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility

Example Sentences:
'a broken back is nothing to be casual about; it is no fooling matter'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of fooling
a person who lacks sense or judgement
a person who is made to appear ridiculous
(formerly) a professional jester living in a royal or noble household
4. obsolete
an idiot or imbecile
the village fool
5.  form the fool
6.  no fool
7.  play the fool
8. (transitive)
to deceive (someone), esp in order to make him or her look ridiculous
9. (intr; foll by with, around with, or about with) informal
to act or play (with) irresponsibly or aimlessly
to fool around with a woman
10. (intransitive)
to speak or act in a playful, teasing, or jesting manner
11. (transitive; foll by away)
to squander; fritter
he fooled away a fortune
12.  fool along
13. informal short for foolish
mainly British
a dessert made from a purée of fruit with cream or custard
gooseberry fool

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see synonyms of fooling
a person with little or no judgment, common sense, wisdom, etc.; silly or stupid person; simpleton
b.  Obsolete
a mentally retarded person
a man formerly kept in the household of a nobleman or king to entertain by joking and clowning; professional jester
a victim of a joke or trick; dupe
a person especially devoted to or skilled in some activity
a dancing fool
5.  Informal
verb intransitive
to act like a fool; be silly
to speak, act, etc. in jest; joke
8.  Informal
to trifle or meddle (with)
verb transitive
to make a fool of; trick; deceive; dupe
crushed stewed fruit mixed with cream, esp. whipped cream

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of fooling
1. One who is deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding.
2. One who acts unwisely on a given occasion: I was a fool to have quit my job.
3. One who has been tricked or made to appear ridiculous; a dupe: They made a fool of me by pretending I had won.
4. Informal A person with a talent or enthusiasm for a certain activity: a dancing fool; a fool for skiing.
5. A member of a royal or noble household who provided entertainment, as with jokes or antics; a jester.
6. One who subverts convention or orthodoxy or varies from social conformity in order to reveal spiritual or moral truth: a holy fool.
7. A dessert made of stewed or puréed fruit mixed with cream or custard and served cold.
8. Archaic A mentally deficient person; an idiot.
v. fooled, fool·ing, fools
1. To deceive or trick; dupe: "trying to learn how to fool a trout with a little bit of floating fur and feather" (Charles Kuralt).
2. To confound or prove wrong; surprise, especially pleasantly: We were sure they would fail, but they fooled us.
1. Informal
a. To speak or act facetiously or in jest; joke: I was just fooling when I said I had to leave.
b. To behave comically; clown.
c. To feign; pretend: He said he had a toothache but he was only fooling.
2. To engage in idle or frivolous activity.
3. To toy, tinker, or mess: shouldn't fool with matches.
Foolish; stupid: off on some fool errand or other.

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