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buffoon

[buh-foon] /bəˈfun/
noun
1.
a person who amuses others by tricks, jokes, odd gestures and postures, etc.
2.
a person given to coarse or undignified joking.
Origin of buffoon
1540-1550
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
Related forms
buffoonery
[buh-foo-nuh-ree] /bəˈfu nə ri/ (Show IPA),
noun
buffoonish, adjective
Synonyms
1. jester, clown, fool. 2. boor.
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  • But the buffoon should have most of it, to support his higher dignity.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • Do not fancy you can be a detached wit and avoid being a buffoon; you cannot.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • But Sir James was not the man to be put down with the word of a buffoon.

    Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • She had made him a laughing-stock, a buffoon, a political joke.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • Or, worse, their one sound is the footfall of that buffoon Fate.

    The Crow's Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
  • As dictator, he is a buffoon; let him make himself emperor, he will be grotesque.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for buffoon

buffoon

/bəˈfuːn/
noun
1.
a person who amuses others by ridiculous or odd behaviour, jokes, etc
2.
a foolish person
Derived Forms
buffoonery, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French bouffon, from Italian buffone, from Medieval Latin būfō, from Latin: toad
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Word Origin and History for buffoon
n.

1540s, "type of pantomime dance;" 1580s, "clown," from Middle French bouffon (16c.), from Italian buffone "jester," from buffa "joke, jest, pleasantry," from buffare "to puff out the cheeks," a comic gesture, of echoic origin. Also cf. -oon.

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