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

Examples of buffoonery in a Sentence

their madcap buffoonery turned the duo into the nation's hottest comedy act
Recent Examples on the Web Despite taunts about being soft on crime, Jackson didn’t lose her cool before the mansplaining and buffoonery. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Mar. 2022 Giuliani's buffoonery was on full display during a press conference just days after the election held at a local Philadelphia landscaping company that happened to share the name of the Four Seasons hotel. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 3 Feb. 2022 Beauty, youth, heightened vivacity or even buffoonery overwhelm us, and the figures do indeed seem alive. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 Ebert applies a freewheeling buffoonery to Mister and, later, an opposite dimension of cruel menace to his other role, a policeman who under stress will undergo a dramatic conversion. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2021 Every buffoonery of the president and his people was answered by an idiocy from the other side, which in its own style was just as sinister and just as clownish. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 29 Aug. 2021 After seasons of corruption followed by buffoonery and anger, Daniel Espinoza died an optimist. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 28 May 2021 As Kanye descended more into incomprehensible buffoonery, there was high-profile coverage of how Kim helped free Alice Marie Johnson after 21 years in prison. Allison P. Davis, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2021 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, 21 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of buffoonery

1621, in the meaning defined above

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“Buffoonery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffoonery. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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