buf·​foon·​ery | \ (ˌ)bə-ˈfü-nə-rē How to pronounce buffoonery (audio) , -ˈfün-rē\
plural buffooneries

Definition of buffoonery

: foolish or playful behavior or practice

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Examples of buffoonery in a Sentence

their madcap buffoonery turned the duo into the nation's hottest comedy act

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Without creating a utopia divorced from reality, the movie punches up in a way that is largely unexplored in film: Rich white men here play objects who are underdeveloped almost to the point of buffoonery. Beandrea July, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hustlers': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 What saves the book from tabloid buffoonery is Zada’s skeptical eye and conversational style. Eric Weiner, Washington Post, "A hopeful skeptic joins the search for the sasquatch," 9 Aug. 2019 Having for years cultivated an aura of buffoonery, Johnson’s campaign for leader of the Conservative Party was by contrast a slick operation. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Boris Johnson Led the Charge for Brexit. Now, as Prime Minister, He Must Deliver It," 24 July 2019 While the top golfers in the world will be on the course, don’t expect to see Bill Murray’s buffoonery or Larry the Cable Guy’s antics at Pebble Beach this week. Thomas Wright, The Mercury News, "The basics of the US Open at Pebble Beach," 10 June 2019 Since the Brexit referendum, the public has witnessed a circus of chicanery, buffoonery and idiocy that Boris Johnson’s exit will only ease in the most marginal of fashions. Sean Williams, The New Republic, "England’s World Cup Team: the Anti-Brexit," 10 July 2018 The sum total, however, is poor-to-nonexistent performance year round which, when pondered, is quite an achievement in architectural buffoonery. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Tinker Hatfield blasts Hayward Field design adopted by the University of Oregon," 1 June 2018 Hanks’ Falstaff, padded to resemble a knighted pumpkin (the costumes are by Holly Poe Durbin), doesn’t overdo the buffoonery. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause," 10 June 2018 But if Gronkowski's occasional buffoonery and, or, injury issues flare up, Belichick could decide to cut his losses. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "How much would it cost for the Cowboys to trade for Rob Gronkowski? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of buffoonery

1621, in the meaning defined above

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