a person who amuses others by tricks, jokes, odd gestures and postures, etc.
a person given to coarse or undignified joking.

1540–50; earlier buffon < French < Italian buffone, equivalent to buff- (expressive base; compare buffa puff of breath, buffare to puff, puff up one's checks) + -one agent suffix ≪ Latin -ō, accusative -ōnem

buffoonery [buh-foo-nuh-ree] , noun
buffoonish, adjective

1. jester, clown, fool. 2. boor.
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buffoon (bəˈfuːn)
1.  a person who amuses others by ridiculous or odd behaviour, jokes, etc
2.  a foolish person
[C16: from French bouffon, from Italian buffone, from Medieval Latin būfō, from Latin: toad]

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Word Origin & History

1540s, "type of pantomime dance," 1580s, "clown," from M.Fr. bouffon (16c.), from It. buffone "jester," from buffare "to puff out the cheeks," a comic gesture, of echoic origin. Buffoonery is from 1620s.
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Example sentences
Expect more than oversize shoes and squirting flowers at this year's three-week
  celebration of all things buffoon.
Anyway, childish heckling says more about the buffoon than the speaker.
When another news crew showed up, the big buffoon did it all over again.
Both buffoon and mime, he trips his way through two silent signature pieces.
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