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April fool

noun
1.
the victim of a practical joke or trick on April Fools' Day.
2.
a practical joke or trick played on that day.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90
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British Dictionary definitions for April fool

April fool

noun
1.
an unsuspecting victim of a practical joke or trick traditionally performed on the first of April (April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day)
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Word Origin and History for April fool
n.

1680s; April-gowk (from Old Norse gaukr "a cuckoo") is a northern variant. April Fool's Day customs of sending people on false errands seem to have come to England from France late 17c.; originally All Fool's Day (1712). In Cumberland, Westmorland and northern parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire, however, May 1 was the day for hoaxing, and the fool was a May gosling. That custom was first attested 1791.

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