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
Recent Examples on the Web It’s not an art form that will appeal to everyone, with its silliness, rapid dialogue, stock characterizations, manic energy and acting that requires both buffoonery and at times a stilted formality. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "A raucous Renaissance throwback at Theatre UCF | Review," 21 Feb. 2021 While Hitler comes across as pure evil, Mussolini is often indicted on the lesser charge of buffoonery. Washington Post, "World War II’s less-famous fascist," 31 Dec. 2020 As Mayor Bill de Blasio and his colleagues have lurched from one pageant of buffoonery to the next, operators of New York City charter schools — public schools managed with a degree of independence — have shone. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Genuine Generosity," 4 Dec. 2020 His monologue was refreshing in part because so much political comedy in the era of Donald Trump, especially on late-night shows like SNL, has felt derivative and ineffectual, more interested in buffoonery than satire. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Forget SNL. The Best Election Satire Is on TikTok.," 13 Nov. 2020 Why is a word used to describe a literary technique also the word used to describe the buffoonery, the cruelty and carelessness, of contemporary political and economic life? Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "Our Love-Hate Relationship with Gimmicks," 9 Nov. 2020 Marr’s second charge against Johnson is essentially unchanged from years past: Tory members of Parliament have had enough of him, and his buffoonery is no longer working. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "The Unsinkable Boris Johnson," 6 Oct. 2020 There’s a reason why, in a half century of observing his buffoonery, no one took the idea of a President Biden seriously until about ten minutes ago. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Joe Biden’s Money Misadventures," 11 Sep. 2020 The absolute buffoonery of the beautiful crew members! T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, "These Are the TV Shows T+L Editors Are Binge-watching Right Now," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of buffoonery

1621, in the meaning defined above

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5 Mar 2021

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“Buffoonery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffoonery. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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