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buffoon

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noun buf·foon \(ˌ)bə-ˈfün\

Simple Definition of buffoon

  • : a stupid or foolish person who tries to be funny

Full Definition of buffoon

  1. 1 :  a ludicrous figure :  clown

  2. 2 :  a gross and usually ill-educated or stupid person

buf·foon·ish play \-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

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