noun \(ˌ)bə-ˈfün\

: a stupid or foolish person who tries to be funny

Full Definition of BUFFOON

:  a ludicrous figure :  clown
:  a gross and usually ill-educated or stupid person
buf·foon·ish \-ˈfü-nish\ adjective

Examples of BUFFOON

  1. Stop acting like a buffoon.
  2. <the children at the birthday party giggled at the buffoon's silly tricks>

Origin of BUFFOON

Middle French bouffon, from Old Italian buffone
First Known Use: 1585

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


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