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[foo] /fu/
adjective, Scot.
Origin of fou
1525-35; Scots form of full1


[foo] /fu/
adjective, French.
crazy; foolish. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fou
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  • Daphne was suddenly taken with a fou rire and began to laugh helplessly.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • I fancy you have a scotch proverb to the effect that 'fou folk come to no harm.'

    A Jacobite Exile G. A. Henty
  • The place where all this “fou and unco happy” work was transacted is now the school chapel of the Wesleyans.

  • The truth may as well be said, at once; he fou't like a man of red gifts, and I fou't like a man with gifts of my own colour.

    The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
  • At last they parted, and my gudesire was to ride hame through the wood of Pitmurkie, that is a' fou of black firs, as they say.

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
  • We fou't a fair battle, and he fell; in this there is nothin' but what a brave expects, and should be ready to meet.

    The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
  • Tam lo'ed him like a vera brither; / They had been fou for weeks thegither.

  • In the vulgar version I find the Poet with his long hair is made to play the part of the fou.

  • "It doesn't stand to reason that a pretty woman could be th' mother o' such a fou' little lass," she had added obstinately.

    The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The translator of the French original was probably justified in his rendering of "fou rire."

British Dictionary definitions for fou


adjective (Scot)
Word Origin
perhaps a Scot variant of full
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