Fool vs Foo - What's the difference?

fool | foo |

As nouns the difference between fool and foo

is that fool is (pejorative) a person with poor judgment or little intelligence while foo is (computing) a metasyntactic variable used to represent an unspecified entity if part of a series of such entities, it is often the first in the series, and followed immediately by bar or foo can be (slang) fool, foolish person.

As a verb fool

is to trick; to make a fool of someone.

As a interjection foo is





(en noun)
  • (pejorative) A person with poor judgment or little intelligence.
  • You were a fool to cross that busy road without looking.
    The village fool threw his own shoes down the well.
  • * Franklin
  • Experience keeps a dear school, but fools' will learn in no ' other .
  • (historical) A jester; a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court (or lower personages).
  • (informal) Someone who derives pleasure from something specified.
  • * Milton
  • Can they think me their fool or jester?
  • * 1975 , , "Fool for the City" (song), Fool for the City (album):
  • I'm a fool for the city.
  • (cooking) A type of dessert made of d fruit and custard or cream.
  • an apricot fool'''; a gooseberry '''fool
  • A particular card in a tarot deck.
  • Synonyms

    * (person with poor judgment) See also * (person who entertained a sovereign) jester, joker * (person who talks a lot of nonsense) gobshite


  • To trick; to make a fool of someone.
  • To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.
  • * Dryden
  • Is this a time for fooling ?


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * befool * fool about * fool around * foolhardy * foolish * foolishness * foolometer * fool's errand * fool's gold * fool's paradise * foolproof * more fool you * play the fool * suffer fools gladly * there's no fool like an old fool


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    Etymology 1

    Circa 1935 as nonsense word, circa 1960 in programming sense. (detailed etymology) Originated circa 1935 as nonsense word in (Smokey Stover)'' comic strip (1935–73) by (Bill Holman) (from which also foo fighter).foo]”, ''[ The Jargon File Holman states that his usage was from seeing “foo” on the base of a jade (etyl) figurine in , meaning “good luck”, presumably a transliteration of the (fu character) , " The History of Bill Holman]", [], Smokey Stover LLC – article by nephew of Bill Holman"[ Warner Brothers Cartoon Companion]" and figurines of the trio of eponymous male "star gods" are common in Chinese communities. Meaning influenced by fooey, fool, and feh. Used throughout the comic strip’s run, with later uses in the 1930s include ''(The Daffy Doc)'' (1938) and ''[[w:Pogo (comic strip), Pogo]. In computing usage, popularized by the (Tech Model Railroad Club) (TMRC), whose 1959 Dictionary of the TMRC Language , had an entry similar to the following, parodying the mantra (Om mani padme hum) (replacing om with foo ): : FOO: The first syllable of the sacred chant phrase “FOO MANE PADME HUM.” Our first obligation is to keep the foo counters turning. Related also to foobar, which is presumably derived from foo rather than the reverse.


    (wikipedia foo) (-)
  • (computing) A metasyntactic variable used to represent an unspecified entity. If part of a series of such entities, it is often the first in the series, and followed immediately by bar.
  • Suppose we have two objects, foo and bar .


    * RFC 3092, Etymology of "Foo" , (Internet Engineering Task Force) (IETF)

    Etymology 2



    (en interjection)
  • Oh foo – the cake burnt!
    * (expression of disgust) darn, drat

    Etymology 3

    Abbreviation of .

    Alternative forms

    * foo'


    (en noun)
  • (slang) fool, foolish person.
  • Etymology 4

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • Quotations


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