1680s; April-gowk (from Old Norse gaukr "a cuckoo") is a northern variant. April Fool's Day traditions of giving individuals on untrue errands seem to have come to England from France later 17c.; originally All Fool's time (1712). In Cumberland, Westmorland and northern components of Lancashire and Yorkshire, however, might 1 ended up being the afternoon for hoaxing, together with fool had been a May gosling. That custom was first attested 1791.
the butt of a prank played on April 1st
- a practical laugh or strategy played regarding first-day of April