Origin of buffoon
Examples from the Web for buffoon
Apparently, he was known in the Foreign Office as "HBH"—His Buffoon Highness.
Well, Coughlin was a buffoon, too, and in 1932, the party of Herbert Hoover was also in disarray.
Keep that source of remarkable strength all quiet on the buffoon front.
MANY people think that because the clown wears a grotesque garb and indulges in silly antics, that he is a buffoon all the time.The Autobiography of a Clown|Isaac Frederick Marcosson
Ecclesiastical persons also were represented with it, since the buffoon always wore it, whatever his rôle.Folkways|William Graham Sumner
Sombre is human life, and as yet without meaning: a buffoon may be fateful to it.Thus Spake Zarathustra|Friedrich Nietzsche
Urbain did not share the general hilarity; however, he lent his ear to a new scene which the buffoon was playing.The Barber of Paris|Charles Paul de Kock
He had been a buffoon, and his dress still bore many tokens of his former profession.A Word Only A Word, Complete|Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for buffoon
Word Origin for buffoon
Word Origin and History for buffoon
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.