buf·​foon | \ (ˌ)bə-ˈfün How to pronounce buffoon (audio) \

Definition of buffoon

1 : a ludicrous figure : clown
2 : a gross and usually ill-educated or stupid person acting like a ridiculous buffoon

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Other Words from buffoon

buffoonish \ (ˌ)bə-​ˈfü-​nish How to pronounce buffoonish (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for buffoon


buffo, clown, harlequin, zany

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Examples of buffoon in a Sentence

Stop acting like a buffoon. the children at the birthday party giggled at the buffoon's silly tricks

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President Trump is no mere entertainer or buffoon, as many want to believe. The New York Review of Books, "Bernard E. Harcourt," 29 Nov. 2018 Though Spartacus was a hero, not a malignant buffoon. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Voices of Reason—and Unreason," 11 Oct. 2018 Many New Yorkers felt more comfortable seeing Mr. Sharpton as a buffoon or a race-baiter. Greg Howard, New York Times, "Al Sharpton, Reconsidered," 9 Mar. 2018 Initially, Miranda was a bit concerned about bringing Hamilton to the U.K., given it's portrayal of a former monarch as a Brit pop-singing buffoon. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Prince Harry is Related to King George III in Hamilton," 29 Aug. 2018 But a lot of dads are portrayed as being buffoons in the media. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Single father known as 'The Hair Dad' uses viral fame to help other dads and daughters," 19 June 2018 But a lot of dads are portrayed as being buffoons in the media. Sonja Haller, ajc, "‘The Hair Dad’ quits job to teach other fathers to style daughters’ hair," 20 June 2018 Roman is a buffoon of a character whose only asset is his capacity for snappy comebacks. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Filthy Rich: The Power Plays of Succession," 2 June 2018 Bubba Dudley has transformed, from his beginning in ECW as a stuttering buffoon, into one of the most genuine heels in the business as Bully Ray. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Week in Wrestling: Bully Ray’s Throwback Character; Carmella on Her SmackDown Women’s Title," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of buffoon

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for buffoon

Middle French bouffon, from Old Italian buffone

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English Language Learners Definition of buffoon

: a stupid or foolish person who tries to be funny


buf·​foon | \ bə-ˈfün How to pronounce buffoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of buffoon

: a foolish or stupid person

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