Fool vs. Jester

Fool vs. Jester — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Fool and Jester

Foolnoun

One who is deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding.

Jesternoun

One given to jesting.

Foolnoun

One who acts unwisely on a given occasion

I was a fool to have quit my job.

Jesternoun

A fool or buffoon at medieval courts.

Foolnoun

One who has been tricked or made to appear ridiculous; a dupe

They made a fool of me by pretending I had won.

Jesternoun

One who jests, jokes or mocks.

Foolnoun

(Informal) A person with a talent or enthusiasm for a certain activity

a dancing fool.a fool for skiing.

Jesternoun

A person in colourful garb and fool's cap who amused a medieval and early modern royal or noble court.

Foolnoun

A member of a royal or noble household who provided entertainment, as with jokes or antics; a jester.

Jesternoun

a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the middle ages

Foolnoun

One who subverts convention or orthodoxy or varies from social conformity in order to reveal spiritual or moral truth

a holy fool.

Foolnoun

A dessert made of stewed or puréed fruit mixed with cream or custard and served cold.

Foolnoun

(Archaic) A mentally deficient person; an idiot.

Foolverb

To deceive or trick; dupe

"trying to learn how to fool a trout with a little bit of floating fur and feather" (Charles Kuralt).

Foolverb

To confound or prove wrong; surprise, especially pleasantly

We were sure they would fail, but they fooled us.

Foolverb

To speak or act facetiously or in jest; joke

I was just fooling when I said I had to leave.

Foolverb

To behave comically; clown.

Foolverb

To feign; pretend

He said he had a toothache but he was only fooling.

Foolverb

To engage in idle or frivolous activity.

Foolverb

To toy, tinker, or mess

shouldn't fool with matches.

Fooladjective

Foolish; stupid

off on some fool errand or other.

Foolnoun

(pejorative) A person with poor judgment or little intelligence.

You were a fool to cross that busy road without looking.The village fool threw his own shoes down the well.

Foolnoun

(historical) A jester; a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court (or lower personages).

Foolnoun

(informal) Someone who derives pleasure from something specified.

Foolnoun

Buddy, dude, person.

Foolnoun

(cooking) A type of dessert made of puréed fruit and custard or cream.

an apricot fool; a gooseberry fool

Foolnoun

A particular card in a tarot deck, representing a jester.

Foolverb

To trick; to deceive

Foolverb

To act in an idiotic manner; to act foolishly

Fooladjective

(informal) foolish

Foolnoun

a person who lacks good judgment

Foolnoun

a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of

Foolnoun

a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the middle ages

Foolverb

make a fool or dupe of

Foolverb

spend frivolously and unwisely;

Fritter away one's inheritance

Foolverb

fool or hoax;

The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyoneYou can't fool me!

Foolverb

indulge in horseplay;

Enough horsing around--let's get back to work!The bored children were fooling about