Definition of buffoon
- acting like a ridiculous buffoon
Stop acting like a buffoon.
the children at the birthday party giggled at the buffoon's silly tricks
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.
First Known Use: 1584See Words from the same year
: a stupid or foolish person who tries to be funny
What made you want to look up buffoon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?TAKE THE QUIZ
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.TAKE THE QUIZ