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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for buffoonish

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 buffoonish

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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