Dictionary: FOND'NESS – FOOL'ING

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  1. Foolishness; weakness; want of sense or judgment. [Obs.] Spenser.
  2. Foolish tenderness.
  3. Tender passion; warm affection. Her fondness for a certain earl / Began when I was but a girl. Swift.
  4. Strong inclination or propensity; as, a fondness for vice or sin. Hammond.
  5. Strong appetite or relish; as, fondness for ardent spirit, or for a particular kind of food. [It is now used chiefly in the three latter senses.]


A name given by the French to a particular style of calico printing, resembling the rainbow, in which the colors are melted or graduated into each other. Ure.

FONT, n.1 [Fr. fonte; Sp. fuente; It. fonte; L. fons; W. fynnon, a fountain, and fyniaw, to produce, to abound; allied to L. fundo, to pour out.]

A large basin or stone vessel in which water is contained for baptizing children or other persons in the church.

FONT, n.2 [Fr. fonte, from fondre, to melt or cast; L. fundo, to pour out; Sp. fundir; It. fondere; properly a casting.]

A complete assortment of printing types of one size, including a due proportion of all the letters in the alphabet, large and small, points, accents, and whatever else is necessary for printing with that letter.


Pertaining to a fount, fountain, source or origin. Trans. of Pausanias.

FONT'A-NEL, n. [from the Fr.]

  1. An issue for the discharge of humors from the body. Hall.
  2. A vacancy in the infant cranium, between the frontal and parietal bones, and also between the parietal and occipital, at the two extremities of the sagittal suture. Cyc. Parr.

FON-TANGE, n. [fontanj'; Fr. from the name of the first wearer.]

A knot of ribins on the top of a head-dress. Addison.

FOOD, n. [Sax. fod, foda; G. futter; D. voedzel; Dan. foeder; Sw. föda, from feeding. See Feed.]

  1. In a general sense, whatever is eaten by animals for nourishment, and whatever supplies nutriment to plants.
  2. Meat; aliment; flesh or vegetables eaten for sustaining human life; victuals; provisions; whatever is or may be eaten for nourishment. Feed me with food convenient for me. Prov. xxx.
  3. Whatever supplies nourishment and growth to plants, as water, carbonic acid gas, &c. Manuring substances furnish plants with food.
  4. Something that sustains, nourishes and augments. Flattery is the food of vanity.

FOOD, v.t.

To feed. [Not in use.] Barret


Supplying food; full of food. Dryden.


Without food; destitute of provisions; barren. Sandys.

FOOD'Y, a.

Eatable; fit for food. [Not used.] Chapman.

FOOL, n.1 [Fr. fol, fou; It. folle, mad, foolish; Ice. fol; Arm. foll; W. fol, round, blunt, foolish, vain; fwl, a fool, a blunt one, a stupid one; Russ. phalia. It would seem from the Welsh that the primary sense of the adjective is thick, blunt, lumpish. Heb. תפל.]

  1. One who is destitute of reason, or the common powers of understanding; an idiot. Some persons are born fools, and are called natural fools; others may become fools by some injury done to the brain.
  2. In common language, a person who is somewhat deficient in intellect, but not an idiot; or a person who acts absurdly; one who does not exercise his reason; one who pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom. Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. Franklin.
  3. In Scripture, fool is often used for a wicked or depraved person; one who acts contrary to sound wisdom in his moral deportment; one who follows his own inclinations, who prefers trifling and temporary pleasures to the service of God and eternal happiness. The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Ps. xiv.
  4. A weak Christian; a godly person who has much remaining sin and unbelief. O fools, and slow of heart to believe all the prophets have written. Luke xxiv. Also, one who is accounted or called a fool by ungodly men. I Cor. iv. 10.
  5. A term of indignity and reproach. To be thought knowing, you must first put the fool upoa all mankind. Dryden.
  6. One who counterfeits folly; a buffoon; as, a king's fool. I scorn, although their drudge, to be their fool or jester. Milton. To play the fool, to act the buffoon; to jest; to make sport. #2. To act like one void of understanding. To put the fool on, to impose on; to delude. To make a fool of, to frustrate; to defeat; to disappoint.

FOOL, n.2

A liquid made of gooseberries scalded and pounded, with cream. Shak.

FOOL, v.i.

To trifle; to toy; to spend time in idleness, sport or mirth. Is this a time for fooling? Dryden.

FOOL, v.t.

  1. To treat with contempt; to disappoint; to defeat; to frustrate; to deceive; to impose on. When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat; / For fooled with hope, men favor the deceit. Dryden.
  2. To infatuate; to make foolish. Shak.
  3. To cheat; as, to fool one out of his money. To fool away, to spend in trifles, idleness, folly, or without advantage; as, to fool away time. #2. To spend for things of no value or use; to expend improvidently; as, to fool away money.


Foolish from the birth. Shak.

FOOL'ED, pp.

Disappointed; defeated; deceived; imposed on.


  1. The practice of folly; habitual folly; attention to trifles.
  2. An act of folly or weakness. Watts.
  3. Object of folly. Ralegh.


Lucky without judgment or contrivance. Spenser.


With foolhardiness.


Courage without sense or judgment; mad rashness. Dryden.


Foolhardiness. [Not in use.] Spenser.

FOOL'HARD-Y, a. [fool and hardy.]

Daring without judgment; madly rash and adventurous; foolishly bold. Howell.

FOOL'ING, ppr.

Defeating; disappointing; deceiving.