buffoon

noun buf·foon \ (ˌ)bə-ˈfün \

Definition of buffoon

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

buffoonish

play \-ˈfü-nish\ adjective

Examples of buffoon in a Sentence

  1. Stop acting like a buffoon.

  2. the children at the birthday party giggled at the buffoon's silly tricks

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Origin and Etymology of buffoon

Middle French bouffon, from Old Italian buffone

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BUFFOON Defined for English Language Learners

buffoon

noun

Definition of buffoon for English Language Learners

  • : a stupid or foolish person who tries to be funny


BUFFOON Defined for Kids

buffoon

noun buf·foon \ bə-ˈfün \

Definition of buffoon for Students

: a foolish or stupid person


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