buf·​foon·​ery (ˌ)bə-ˈfü-nə-rē How to pronounce buffoonery (audio)
plural buffooneries
: foolish or playful behavior or practice

Examples of buffoonery in a Sentence

their madcap buffoonery turned the duo into the nation's hottest comedy act
Recent Examples on the Web Perkins and Chavez-Richmond are delivering absolutely winning performances, expertly walking the line between buffoonery and poignancy. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2023 Once heralded as a fearless lawman, game-changing New York City mayor and Sept. 11 hero, he is now defined by a subservience to the 45th president that sometimes veered into buffoonery. Dan Barry, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 And shook our head at the Snyder buffoonery and clownsmanship. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2023 White House Plumbers endeavors to humanize its perpetrators by illustrating that beneath their buffoonery was… lots and lots more buffoonery. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2023 By the spring of 2015, both were prime 20-somethings and three-time Cup champs — an era that now seems long ago amid the franchise’s ongoing buffoonery. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Apr. 2023 Eccentric circles, clapping, buffoonery. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, 23 July 2020 One of those f - - - - - - people just meets another level of buffoonery. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2023 No cheerleaders, no sideline buffoonery. Kent Russell, Harper's Magazine, 15 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buffoonery was in 1621

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“Buffoonery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffoonery. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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buf·​foon·​ery (ˌ)bə-ˈfün-(ə-)rē How to pronounce buffoonery (audio)
plural buffoonerries
: foolish or playful behavior

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