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buffo

[boo-foh; Italian boof-faw] /ˈbu foʊ; Italian ˈbuf fɔ/
noun, plural buffi
[boo-fee; Italian boof-fee] /ˈbu fi; Italian ˈbuf fi/ (Show IPA),
buffos. Music.
1.
(in opera) a comedy part, usually bass.
2.
a male opera singer who specializes in comic roles.
Origin of buffo
1755-1765
1755-65; < Italian: ridiculous, comic actor who takes comic parts; back formation from buffone buffoon
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  • Although the batrachian is of the genus bufo, he is by no means a buffo genius.

  • "Check me another time, Vere, if you see me inclined to be buffo," he said.

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  • That, my dear buffo,” I replied, “is on account of the lava.

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  • And this must be Rosina,” whispered the buffo; “Dio mio, how death has aged her!

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  • I will tell you presently,” replied the buffo, “we must first go upstairs.

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  • The buffo said they had made the experiment of shortening it.

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  • So you see, buffo, you need not trouble about your clothes if you want to appear English.

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  • Please, buffo,” I inquired, “who is that silver saint upon the piano?

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  • No,” said the buffo, “that must be one of the things the people do not see, they must imagine the gold.

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  • Then I said: “buffo mio, we have had a musician and a painter, where is the poet?”

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British Dictionary definitions for buffo

buffo

/ˈbʊfəʊ; Italian ˈbuffo/
noun (pl) -fi (-fɪ), -fos
1.
(in Italian opera of the 18th century) a comic part, esp one for a bass
2.
Also called buffo bass, basso buffo (Italian) (ˈbasso ˈbuffo). a bass singer who performs such a part
Word Origin
C18: from Italian (adj): comic, from buffo (n) buffoon
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