buffoon

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noun buf·foon \(ˌ)bə-ˈfün\

Definition of buffoon

  1. 1 :  a ludicrous figure :  clown

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of buffoon

Medieval French bouffon, from Old Italian buffone


First Known Use: 1584

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BUFFOON Defined for English Language Learners

buffoon

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noun buf·foon \(ˌ)bə-ˈfün\

Definition of buffoon for English Language Learners

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


BUFFOON Defined for Kids

buffoon

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noun buf·foon \bə-ˈfün\

Definition of buffoon for Students

  1. :  a foolish or stupid person



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