- a person who amuses others by tricks, jokes, odd gestures and postures, etc.
- a person given to coarse or undignified joking.
Origin of buffoon
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Examples from the Web for buffoonish
On top of that, Mr. Trump is vulgar, shallow, narcissistic, buffoonish, and has a fondness for conspiracy theories.Donald Trump is the Future of Conservatism?
March 6, 2013
First, his Jets are indeed a soap opera—a messy, bizarre, buffoonish spectacle of a team.Relax, Jets Fans. It’s Just Football
December 28, 2012
Venezuela's authoritarian president Hugo Chavez is a villain out of a Batman movie: buffoonish and sinister in equal measure.Hugo's Faustian Bargain to Win Venezuela
October 9, 2012
Callow might look and play the buffoonish lush on screen, but he began on the great stage and continues to act and direct.Nicholson Baker, Katie Kitamura, and This Week’s Hot Reads: July 30, 2012
July 30, 2012
The same geniuses envisioned the buffoonish Michael Steele as a right-wing answer to Barack Obama.Run, Sarah, Run!
July 23, 2009
- a person who amuses others by ridiculous or odd behaviour, jokes, etc
- a foolish person
Word Origin and History for buffoonish
1540s, "type of pantomime dance;" 1580s, "clown," from Middle French bouffon (16c.), from Italian buffone "jester," from buffa "joke, jest, pleasantry," from buffare "to puff out the cheeks," a comic gesture, of echoic origin. Also cf. -oon.