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 buffoon (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 Millions of my fellow citizens might become enthralled by a thuggish buffoon. John Horgan, Scientific American, 27 Sep. 2021 Taylour is the straight man, and Riley is the clown or the buffoon. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 30 June 2021 The narrative hook is tidy enough: Biden has spent the last two years selling himself as a competent, no-nonsense pragmatist—a pure contrast with the shambolic buffoon who previously occupied the White House. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 Tod Petersen, who replaced Keith Rice as Mayor Shinn, makes him into an inflated yammerer who is on the edge of being a buffoon. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 5 July 2021 Is the sitcom a scenario Allison is envisioning to help her grin and bear her buffoon of a husband? Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 20 June 2021 Asuka and Naomi Doudrop looked like a buffoon for trusting Eva Marie after turning on her last week, however she was made to look strong by beating two women by herself, with one of them being Asuka. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 31 May 2021 His physical presence will be under siege at all times, but like the British buffoon, Ethan Winters persists. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 While Brody’s character has to maintain a hint of plausible deniability, Richardson, as his sexist friend, is a buffoon. Nate Jones, Vulture, 1 Apr. 2021

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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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“Buffoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffoon. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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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