buffoon

noun

buf·​foon (ˌ)bə-ˈfün How to pronounce buffoon (audio)
1
: a ludicrous figure : clown
2
: a gross and usually ill-educated or stupid person
acting like a ridiculous buffoon
buffoonish adjective

Example Sentences

Stop acting like a buffoon. the children at the birthday party giggled at the buffoon's silly tricks
Recent Examples on the Web In this reimagining, Dan is still a narcissist and a buffoon. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2023 Climate buffoon Lord Monckton banned for life by UN after pretending to be a Myanmar rep at the Doha talks. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 8 Dec. 2012 Camarena, as always, emanates sincerity and modesty; his Nemorino is a simple guy, but not a buffoon. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2023 The president, Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep), is a hack and a buffoon surrounded by many, none more poisonous than her high-ranking son, Jason (Jonah Hill in relentless insult-comic mode). Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 The president, Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep), is a hack and a buffoon surrounded by many, none more poisonous than her high-ranking son, Jason (Jonah Hill in relentless insult-comic mode). Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Throw in JaVale McGee, who came to the Warriors with the rep of a lightly talented buffoon, but who instead proved to be a solid teammate and brilliant spot player. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2022 The president, Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep), is a hack and a buffoon surrounded by many, none more poisonous than her high-ranking son, Jason (Jonah Hill in relentless insult-comic mode). Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 As with Reboot, the main Hulu honcho is a buffoon; as with Reboot, the buffoonery is portrayed mostly affectionately. WIRED, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle French bouffon, from Old Italian buffone

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of buffoon was in 1584

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Cite this Entry

“Buffoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffoon. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

buffoon

noun
buf·​foon (ˌ)bə-ˈfün How to pronounce buffoon (audio)
1
2
: a crude or stupid person

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