to fool; deceive; dupe.
Obsolete. to treat as a fool; call (someone) a fool.
In his keen subtlety and cunning he can outmatch the keenest of us; outwit and befool without doing any extra thinking.
Quiet Talks about Jesus S. D. Gordon
To what good end do men so flatter and befool one of their harmless fellows?
Imaginary Interviews W. D. Howells
But easy as it is to befool women-kind, it is difficult to deceive them, if we want to get rid of them.
The Strange Story of Rab Rby Mr Jkai
“Oh, I was going out to see if I could befool anybody,” said Peik.
East O’ the Sun and West O’ the Moon Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen
We have forgotten, else it would be impossible they should try to befool us.
Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
She did not hesitate even to tell him of her success in an attempt to befool and seduce Eutyches the denunciator.
Herodias Gustave Flaubert
You dazzle, you befool, you drive me crazy, and you leave me empty—why should I throw my life away for that!
“Persons Unknown” Virginia Tracy
It could be done only by one whom all the world had conspired to befog and befool about his importance in the scheme of things.
The Convert Elizabeth Robins
Yet lest vanity should befool me, I dared not act upon suspicions.
Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
But I did not think you would hide a man behind the child’s cradle to befool me, old Asha!
The Sun King Gaston Derreaux
(transitive) to make a fool of
late 14c., from be- + fool (n.). Related: Befooled; befooling.
(used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits): walking in the park. (used to indicate inclusion within something abstract or immaterial): in politics; in the autumn. (used to indicate inclusion within or occurrence during a period or limit of time): in ancient times; a task done in ten minutes. (used to indicate limitation […]
in anticipation; in advance; ahead of time: We should have made reservations beforehand. I hope to be beforehand with my report. Contemporary Examples Someone had accidentally turned on the device hours beforehand, and by the time the meeting started, the batteries were dead. Mohamed Mohamud Trial: Was He Tricked Into Terrorism? Winston Ross April 22, […]
formerly. Historical Examples Would you have believed that I was bribed, my prince, had it not chanced that you had heard of the sword from me beforetime? King Olaf’s Kinsman Charles Whistler He now takes his place in the Council, beforetime denied him. Pioneers of the Old South Mary Johnston We surmised that he found […]
to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile; sully: a bird that befouls its own nest. Contemporary Examples Adolf Hitler, despite being the most evil force ever to befoul mankind, was also a kind and conscientious employer. Secrets of Nazi Secretaries Andrew Roberts August 29, 2011 Historical Examples You see I have put gloves on, that […]