tom-fool

tomfool

[tom-fool]
noun
1.
a grossly foolish or stupid person; a silly fool.
adjective
2.
being or characteristic of a tomfool.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English Thome fole Tom the fool

tomfoolish, adjective
tomfoolishness, noun
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tomfool (ˌtɒmˈfuːl)
 
n
a.  a fool
 b.  (as modifier): tomfool ideas
 
[C14: from tom1 + fool1]
 
tom'foolish
 
adj
 
tom'foolishness
 
n

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tomfool
"buffoon, clown," 1650, from M.E. Thom Foole, personification of a mentally deficient man (1338), see Tom + fool. Tomfoolery is recorded from 1812.
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