noun buf·foon \(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
BUFFOONISH Defined for Kids


noun buf·foon \bə-ˈfün\

Definition of BUFFOON for Kids

:  a foolish or stupid person


Next Word in the Dictionary: buffooneryPrevious Word in the Dictionary: buffoAll Words Near: buffoon
July 07, 2015
hoosegow Hear it
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears