[boo-foh; Italian boof-faw]
- (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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Examples from the Web for buffo
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.A Spirit in Prison
That, my dear Buffo,” I replied, “is on account of the lava.
And this must be Rosina,” whispered the buffo; “Dio mio, how death has aged her!
I will tell you presently,” replied the buffo, “we must first go upstairs.
- (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
C18: from Italian (adj): comic, from buffo (n) buffoon
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