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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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 Then Hennigan hired Jacque Vaughn, who had never before been a head coach, and that’s when buffoonery began. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Frank Vogel doesn't deserve to be fired by the Orlando Magic," 12 Apr. 2018 On Thursday night, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 ended its season with stunts, gags, trickery and some buffoonery. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "'Drag Race All Stars 3' Runner-Up Kennedy Davenport on Racism From Fans: 'Drag Has No Color'," 16 Mar. 2018 That's where people like me come in and get angry about the dangerous buffoonery perpetuated by celebrity grandstanding. Alana Massey, Allure, "If You Care About Sex Trafficking, Trust People in the Sex Trades — Not Celebrities," 7 Mar. 2018 Confrontation, drama and general buffoonery ensued, giving this Drag Race moment a spot on our list. 8. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "The 10 Most Shocking Moments In 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Herstory," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of buffoonery

1621, in the meaning defined above

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