buffoon

[ buh-foon ]
/ bəˈfun /

noun

a person who amuses others by tricks, jokes, odd gestures and postures, etc.
a person given to coarse or undignified joking.

Nearby words

  1. buffett,
  2. bufflehead,
  3. buffo,
  4. buffon,
  5. buffon, georges louis leclerc, comte de,
  6. buffoonery,
  7. buffs,
  8. buffy,
  9. buffy coat,
  10. bufo

Origin of buffoon

1540–50; earlier buffon < French < Italian buffone, equivalent to buff- (expressive base; compare buffa puff of breath, buffare to puff, puff up one's checks) + -one agent suffix ≪ Latin -ō, accusative -ōnem

Related formsbuf·foon·er·y [buh-foo-nuh-ree] /bəˈfu nə ri/, nounbuf·foon·ish, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for buffoon

buffoon

/ (bəˈfuːn) /

noun

a person who amuses others by ridiculous or odd behaviour, jokes, etc
a foolish person
Derived Formsbuffoonery, noun

Word Origin for buffoon

C16: from French bouffon, from Italian buffone, from Medieval Latin būfō, from Latin: toad

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Word Origin and History for buffoon

buffoon

n.

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.

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