befool (v.) late 14c., from BE- (Cf. be-) + FOOL (Cf. fool) (n.). Related: Befooled; befooling.

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  • Befool — Be*fool , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Befooled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Befooling}.] [OE. befolen; pref. be + fol fool.] 1. To fool; to delude or lead into error; to infatuate; to deceive. [1913 Webster] This story . . . contrived to befool credulous men.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • befool — index bait (lure), betray (lead astray), bilk, cheat, deceive, defraud, delude …   Law dictionary

  • befool — trick, hoax, hoodwink, *dupe, gull, bamboozle Analogous words: *cheat, cozen, overreach: *deceive, delude, beguile, mislead: blandish, cajole, wheedle, *coax …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • befool — [bē fo͞ol′, bifo͞ol′] vt. 1. to play a trick on; fool or deceive 2. to treat as a fool …   English World dictionary

  • befool — transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. to make a fool of 2. delude, deceive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • befool — /bi foohl /, v.t. 1. to fool; deceive; dupe. 2. Obs. to treat as a fool; call (someone) a fool. [1350 1400; ME befolen. See BE , FOOL1] Syn. 1. bamboozle, delude, mislead; cheat, swindle. * * * …   Universalium

  • befool — verb To fool, to trick or deceive someone …   Wiktionary

  • befool — be·fool || bɪ fuːl v. trick, deceive …   English contemporary dictionary

  • befool — verb archaic make a fool of …   English new terms dictionary

  • befool — v. a. Infatuate, fool, dupe, deceive, delude, cheat, chouse, trick, hoax, stultify, hoodwink, circumvent, overreach, beguile, impose upon, practise upon, play upon, make a fool of. See bamboozle …   New dictionary of synonyms

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