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
Nonverbal show blends martial arts, gymnastics, and buffoonery.
The only buffoonery here is how dismissive diversity champs can be when they
  see an opinion other than their own.
But there is a sturdiness of character and stirring intensity of action, with a
  happy admixture of buffoonery, through it all.
But spare us the pathetic hyperbolic accusations and buffoonery.
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