buf·​foon | \ (ˌ)bə-ˈfün How to pronounce buffoon (audio) \

Definition of buffoon

1 : a ludicrous figure : clown
2 : a gross and usually ill-educated or stupid person acting like a ridiculous buffoon

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buffoonish \ (ˌ)bə-​ˈfü-​nish How to pronounce buffoonish (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of buffoon in a Sentence

Stop acting like a buffoon. the children at the birthday party giggled at the buffoon's silly tricks
Recent Examples on the Web Under the old management there was a squat, apoplectic Trinidadian—a charming and fickle Indian buffoon from early V. S. Naipaul. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020 This is America, where Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher can reveal himself on social media as an insensitive buffoon by dismissing the merits of the NBA player protests. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Ravens' call to action is a lesson on social justice for NFL's power brokers," 29 Aug. 2020 Once a gum-snapping buffoon hyping NBC Sports’ coverage of the Premier League, today’s Ted Lasso — co-created by Sudeikis and Bill Lawrence (Scrubs) — is a warm-hearted optimist whose sunny demeanor masks a shrewd understanding of human nature. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Review: Jason Sudeikis is pitch perfect in Ted Lasso on Apple TV+," 3 Aug. 2020 Many tweets memed on the situation at large, some pronouncing anyone emotionally invested in a Twitch streamer’s romantic life a clown or a simp (which is 2020 for delusionally lovestruck buffoon). Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "#PokimaneBoyfriend and the Scandalous Reign of Drama YouTube," 31 July 2020 Instead, Wolff, known for his gossipy and sometimes sloppy approach to journalism, and Bolton, a warmongering buffoon hated by many of the people who loathe Trump, are granted even more attention, notoriety, and wealth. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump’s Extraordinary Gift for Self-Sabotage," 2 July 2020 There’s less ambiguity there, after all: Stanley is an unambiguous villain from minute one, a preening, flirty buffoon who constantly undermines Shirley’s artistic talent, and Fred is quickly in his thrall. David Sims, The Atlantic, "An Unconventional Biopic About a Horror Master," 8 June 2020 While some buffoon is prattling at length, its lips moving weirdly on a low-polygon face, this is usually the moment that your feet hurt or that your headset's face cushion itches. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Half-Life: Alyx review: The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some," 23 Mar. 2020 Mr Johnson was frequently presented as a jovial figure—a clown or Bertie Wooster-style buffoon. The Economist, "The four faces of Boris Johnson," 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of buffoon

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for buffoon

Middle French bouffon, from Old Italian buffone

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The first known use of buffoon was in 1584

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23 Sep 2020

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“Buffoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffoon. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of buffoon

: a stupid or foolish person who tries to be funny


buf·​foon | \ bə-ˈfün How to pronounce buffoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of buffoon

: a foolish or stupid person

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