buffoon

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from buffoon

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

Synonyms for buffoon

Synonyms

buffo, clown, harlequin, zany

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Waititi portrays Hitler as a benign buffoon, modernizing much of his character’s casual dialogue. Los Angeles Times, "Taika Waititi didn’t want ‘Jojo Rabbit’ to be a sad Holocaust film. So he added Adolf Hitler," 29 Aug. 2019 Grace is a street-smart, sarcastic smoker who has to outwit, outplay and outlast a bunch of privileged buffoons obsessed with status. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "‘Ready or Not’ is too snarky to be scary," 19 Aug. 2019 Tarantino makes Atkins and the other Mansons out to be buffoons. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Quentin Tarantino’s Ultimate Statement on Movie Violence," 2 Aug. 2019 The first season opens with the arrival of Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) seeking a cut of the family pie as Logan's health deteriorates, and ends with a traumatic car wreck in the midst of Shiv's wedding to ambitious buffoon Tom (Matthew Macfadyen). Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Succession Season 1: What You Need to Remember Before the New Season," 11 Aug. 2019 President Trump is no mere entertainer or buffoon, as many want to believe. The New York Review of Books, "Bernard E. Harcourt," 29 Nov. 2018 Though Spartacus was a hero, not a malignant buffoon. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Voices of Reason—and Unreason," 11 Oct. 2018 Many New Yorkers felt more comfortable seeing Mr. Sharpton as a buffoon or a race-baiter. Greg Howard, New York Times, "Al Sharpton, Reconsidered," 9 Mar. 2018 Initially, Miranda was a bit concerned about bringing Hamilton to the U.K., given it's portrayal of a former monarch as a Brit pop-singing buffoon. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Prince Harry is Related to King George III in Hamilton," 29 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'buffoon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about buffoon

Dictionary Entries near buffoon

buff nor stye

buffo

Buffon

buffoon

buffoonery

buff stick

buff stop

Statistics for buffoon

Last Updated

2 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for buffoon

The first known use of buffoon was in 1584

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for buffoon

buffoon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of buffoon

: a stupid or foolish person who tries to be funny

buffoon

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

Kids Definition of buffoon

: a foolish or stupid person

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on buffoon

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with buffoon

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for buffoon

Spanish Central: Translation of buffoon

Nglish: Translation of buffoon for Spanish Speakers

Comments on buffoon

What made you want to look up buffoon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

concealment of treason or felony

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!