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Fool-born

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Fool-born Begotten by a fool.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fool-born Begotten by or born of a fool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fool-born (Shak.) foolish from one's birth, arising from folly
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “When we are born we cry that we are come.. to this great stage of fools.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Its quite true there's a fool born every minute. It's also quite true they don't die that fast.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fol (Fr. fou), It. folle—L. follis, a wind-bag.

Usage

In literature:

This mind of mine at such times is like a born fool or some idiot creature that nothing can bind down.
"Santa Teresa an Appreciation: with some of the best passages of the Saint's Writings" by Alexander Whyte
He feared no man born, but it would be folly to attack Hozier then, and he was not a fool.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
But this ecstasy was fool joy born of desperation.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
What a born fool I was to do it!
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
But anybody, not a born fool, must understand without much tellin' that a pirate's life wouldn't be worth havin'.
"The Missing Merchantman" by Harry Collingwood
Mr Cherfeuil would have thought any man a fool that did not perceive at once that he, Cherfeuil, was born a great poet.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Such Women need a good "talking-to," and if they are only not natural born fools, one good explanation often fixes matters.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
But I wasn't quite such a born fool as to beleeve that rubbish.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, April 1, 1893" by Various
O hard condition, twin-born with greatness, Subjected to the breath of every fool.
"King Henry the Fifth" by William Shakespeare
But there isn't any use in telling upon that born fool just now.
"Viking Boys" by Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
I'm a born fool at bagatelle.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
Every man would that were not a born fool.
"Joyce Morrell's Harvest" by Emily Sarah Holt
And a new fool is born every second.
"A Man of the People" by Thomas Dixon
I have known greater fools, who could read and write, than an experienced old beaver; but as for squalling, the animals are born dumb!
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
Where she is concerned, they seem born fools, both of them.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
He who has neither poor men nor fools among his relations was born of the lightning or of thunder.
"Legends of Florence Collected from the People, First Series" by Charles Godfrey Leland
I was not born wicked, but I am a miserable fool.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
Harry Filmer is a born fool, and a cultivated fool, and a reckless fool, and every other kind of a fool!
"Was It Right to Forgive?" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
A man who would make a fuss about a baby no bigger than that, no matter when it was born, is a fool!
"First Fam'lies of the Sierras" by Joaquin Miller
He's been a born fool all his life!
"The Haunted Pajamas" by Francis Perry Elliott
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In poetry:

But when word comes across the waves,
The first contingent misbehaves,
We cry aloud to all the crowd,
"Them British born are fools or knaves."
"The Canadian Way" by Abner Cosens
It is not a little story this is; it is not a story about a fool it
is; it is not one district that is keening but every district, with
a great sound that is not to be borne, hearing the story of Columcille,
without life, without a church.
"Forgaill's Praise Of Columcille" by Lady Augusta Gregory

In news:

Having collaborated with Cass McCombs, the Papercuts, and Foreign Born, his most recent endeavor with guitarist Lewis Pesacov, Fool's Gold, is as diverse as his background.
Born in Mexico in 1966, Salma Hayek's big break came in 1997's Fools Rush In costarring Matthew Perry.
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