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A poorly defined criticism of another, usually involving projection of one's own insecurities onto that person.

No one actually makes fun of someone because they really are too stupid to know they are being used. This vague usage usually involves the user being jealous of social interaction that is initially caused by someone needing help. Sometimes the "tool" is just happy to help and fully capable of getting anything they want in return, and other times the "tool" may want more but is still getting enough out of it to make the relationship mutually beneficial and incite jealousy.

When used to refer to someone who is "trying too hard" it usually means that the person has a strong influence on social situations in a way that causes jealousy or anger. Again someone who just actually can't think of anything funny to say or just blends in the background isn't likely to be a target.

You might argue that the "tool" may be doing something inappropriate if everyone is mad at the person, but as a general rule intelligent people do not participate in awkward silences when they believe they can offer constructive criticism about someone's behavior.
Gamma 1: God Alpha is such a tool. Doesn't he know Alpha female is just using him for his ride?
Gamma 2: Yeah seriously! Hey shouldn't they be back by now?

Beta M: Hey, I'm just glad I could help. Besides it gives us a chance to get to know each other.
Beta F: Sounds good to me! I caught a ride from those sketchball gammas but they kept acting like I owed them something for it.

After Alpha plus leaves the room....

Beta Minus: God, Alpha is such a tool. Doesn't he know no-one cares about socio-economic theory and how it relates to every day life?
Beta Plus: Sorry what? I was lost in deep profound thought.
by citizenxo January 25, 2011
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One who lacks the mental capacity to know he is being used. A fool. A cretin. Characterized by low intelligence and/or self-steem.
That tool dosen't even know she's just using him.
by tt February 18, 2003
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A person, typically male, who says or does things that cause you to give them a 'what-are-you-even-doing-here' look. The 'what-are-you-even-doing-here' look is classified by a glare in the tool's direction and is usually accompanied by muttering of how big of a tool they are. The tool is usually someone who is unwelcome but no one has the balls to tell them to get lost. The tool is alwasys making comments that are out-of-place, out-of-line or just plain stupid. The tool is always trying too hard to fit in, and because of this, never will. However, the tool is useful because you can use them for things; money, rides, ect.
"Let's drive to Chicago from Iowa. Oh man, we need money. Hey, let's ask tool to come, he'll spot us the cash!"

"Tool is our friend. We call him that because he is one."
by Shannon J. August 08, 2005
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someone who tries too hard. a poser. one of those chic's who holds the sign saying "Carson Daly is Hot." the asstard who goes to a rock show because they heard one of the songs on the radio or mtv. or someone who insists on wearing velour sweat suits. Avril Lavigne.
Jane is a tool because she dresses like Avril Lavigne while listening to New Found Glory and Dashboard Confessional just becuase Carson Daly told her to.
by sham February 08, 2003
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someone who is a complete idiot/ one who is used by other people, and usually dosen't even realize it/ someone who can't think for themselves/ an asshat.
People who wear huge logos on their shirts are tools.
People who listen to Avril Lavigne, are tools.
People who think Sum 41 is a punk band, are all tools.
by Anonymous April 11, 2003
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Best band of all time with Adam Jones on guitar, Danny Carey on drums, Paul D'Amour once on bass but now its Justin Chancellor, and last but certainly not least the vocals and the style that is Maynard James Keenan. Progressive rock band from the early 90's, introduced a lot of new things in music, including throwing time signatures out the window. Albums out:


best music ever. period.
<some guy> what are you doing?
<TOOL fan> listening to TOOL.
by Jim-n-Tw3ak March 11, 2005
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A sad soul who is being taken advantage of without realizing it
-Dude, I need a ride to the party.
-Ask (insert name here). He's a tool.
by Emma February 15, 2003
3187 1758
a fake person. someone does things to impress people
Someone who claims to be a coffee fanatic but only buys "frappacinos" from starbucks. People who go to TRL. People who listen to Good Charlotte. The members of Good Charlotte
by Calli March 01, 2005
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