buffo

[ boo-foh; Italian boof-faw ]
/ ˈbu foʊ; Italian ˈbuf fɔ /
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noun, plural buf·fi [boo-fee Italian boof-fee] /ˈbu fi Italian ˈbuf fi/, buf·fos. Music.

(in opera) a comedy part, usually bass.
a male opera singer who specializes in comic roles.

Origin of buffo

1755–65; < Italian: ridiculous, comic actor who takes comic parts; back formation from buffone buffoon
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buffo

/ (ˈbʊfəʊ, Italian ˈbuffo) /

noun plural -fi (-fɪ) or -fos

(in Italian opera of the 18th century) a comic part, esp one for a bass
Also called: buffo bass, basso buffo (Italian ˈbasso ˈbuffo) a bass singer who performs such a part

Word Origin for buffo

C18: from Italian (adj): comic, from buffo (n) buffoon
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