buffoonish

buffoon

[buh-foon]
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:
1540–50; 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)
 
n
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]
 
buf'foonery
 
n

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buffoon
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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