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buffoon Line breaks: buf|foon
Pronunciation: /bəˈfuːn/

Definition of buffoon in English:


A ridiculous but amusing person; a clown.
Example sentences
  • I am usually quite controlled, but I was irritated that I was forced to spend my time with these sycophantic buffoons, and it occurred to me that I should for once try to extract a fee for my weekly generosity.
  • On TV shows, leading men wore suits and came home from offices, not factories, while the occasional blue-collar protagonists who did appear were treated as buffoons.
  • However, before dismissing the generals as mere incompetent buffoons, we must establish the context.


Example sentences
  • It's as if these two sides of his character, the passion and the buffoonish clumsiness are interlocked, as if he's a pan that's continually on the verge of boiling over.
  • The transition from buffoonish to sinister is seamless.
  • I can never be sure whether I come across as witty or buffoonish at work.


Mid 16th century: from French bouffon, from Italian buffone, from medieval Latin buffo 'clown'. Originally recorded as a rare Scots word for a kind of pantomime dance, the term later (late 16th century) denoted a professional jester.

  • This comes via French and Italian from medieval Latin buffo ‘a clown’. In the late 16th century a buffoon was a professional jester.

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