North American informal
A joke or a line in a script intended to get a laugh.
More example sentences
- It is interesting and fascinating only in the sense that one wonders just how far moviemakers will go in stretching for a boffola.
- The trouble with Orpheus is its new libretto, which seemed determined to turn this charming opera buffa into a crude opera boffola.
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1940s: extension of slang boff 'hearty laugh'.
Definition of boffola in:
- The US English dictionary