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tomfool

[tom-fool] /ˈtɒmˈful/
noun
1.
a grossly foolish or stupid person; a silly fool.
adjective
2.
being or characteristic of a tomfool.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English Thome fole Tom the fool
Related forms
tomfoolish, adjective
tomfoolishness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tomfoolish

tomfool

/ˌtɒmˈfuːl/
noun
1.
  1. a fool
  2. (as modifier): tomfool ideas
Derived Forms
tomfoolish, adjective
tomfoolishness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from tom1 + fool1
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Word Origin and History for tomfoolish

tomfool

n.

"buffoon, clown," 1640s, from Middle English Thom Foole, personification of a mentally deficient man (mid-14c.), see Tom + fool (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for tomfoolish

tomfool

adjective

Stupid; foolish; nutty: some tomfool scientist

[1762+; found by 1356 as the actual name of a man, also called Thomas fatuus, ''foolish Tom'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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