April fool

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n April fool a practical joke or trick played on the first day of April
    • n April fool the butt of a prank played on April 1st
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • April fool one who is sportively imposed upon by others on the first day of April.
    • April fool See under April Court, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

Our April Fools' alarm was true after all.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
April fool day tomorrow.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
Not so much of an April fool, after all, I begin to think.
"The Last Penny and Other Stories" by T. S. Arthur
A few dishes of April Fool bon bons may be distributed on the table.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
The April fish, the "poisson d'Avril," is the polite French term for what we call an "April fool.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
He had a feeling that in a way he might have played sort of an April Fool joke on himself.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
This particular year April Fools' Day was on a Tuesday.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
It was only an April fool joke.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
April Fool (as my lord's jester) took upon himself to marshal the guests.
"Eighth Reader" by James Baldwin
They had carried out the April Fool idea as much as possible without spoiling the supper.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
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In poetry:

Askaris, grinning soldiers,
Like April fools at summer play,
Did shoulder arms for Italy
To give the Beast of Rome the day.
"The Brutal Crime" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
That was April BC twenty-seven,
April the month of All Fools,
The year that Millwall won the Ascot Gold Cup
Under Marquis of Raspberry’s rules.
"The Memory Man" by Billy Bennett
``Through all the seasons I keep my youth,
Which is more than you town—folk do, sir.
Now, which is the April Fool, in sooth?
Do you think it is I,—or you, sir?''
"An April Fool" by Alfred Austin
"The least of the ladies that live at the school,
Her whose eyes are so pretty and blue,
Ah! would you believe it? an April fool
I have made her, and called her so too.
"The First Of April" by Charles Lamb
``Yes, I am an April Fool: confessed!
And my pate grows not wise for scratching;
But I know where the kingfisher drills his nest,
And the long—tailed tits are hatching.''
"An April Fool" by Alfred Austin
Then the rain ceased slashing on branch and pool,
And swift came the sunshine, after;
And the thrush and the yaffel screamed, ``April Fool!''
And the covert rang with laughter.
"An April Fool" by Alfred Austin

In news:

From an April Fools open mic night to playtime for every child, here are ways to start off April with a smile.
Everything is going high tech these days, even April Fools' Day jokes.
Indexing & Search Engine: Google April Fools' Day 2011 Includes Teleportation, Chromercise.
In case you missed it April Fools Edition.
Here's What NOT to do on April Fools Day.
I've been searching YouTube today for bad April Fools jokes and this one has to take the cake.
It's April Fool's Day today (no, seriously.
Since we are uncreative or lacking the motivation to participate in April Fools day this year…enjoy our friends and their prank at WYRK in Buffalo NY.
It's no joke that a potentially nasty virus lying dormant in millions of computers could be activated Wednesday - on April Fool's Day.
Wynkoop Brewing's Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, a beer made with bulls' testicles, began as an April Fool's joke.
It's no joke: Internet April Fool's pranks live on indefinitely tech talk nick DeLorenzo.
Help us with possible April Fool's sports pranks.
On India, American Jews, taxes, Scotland, Lithuania, Turkey's AK party, an April fool, beards.
Outdoors April Fool's Trail Days Festival and Hiker's Bash comes to Franklin.
Bruno Mars is the brunt of an April Fool's Day joke.
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