- 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 buffoon
Apparently, he was known in the Foreign Office as "HBH"—His Buffoon Highness.Good Riddance to Prince Andrew’s Day Job!
July 23, 2011
That messy hair of his that I always thought was buffoon hair was buffoon hair hiding a monster cock.Rupert Everett Unleashed
April 6, 2009
Well, Coughlin was a buffoon, too, and in 1932, the party of Herbert Hoover was also in disarray.Who Made Frank Rich God?
March 16, 2009
Keep that source of remarkable strength all quiet on the buffoon front.Good Riddance, O.J.
December 6, 2008
Do not fancy you can be a detached wit and avoid being a buffoon; you cannot.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
She had made him a laughing-stock, a buffoon, a political joke.Rope
As dictator, he is a buffoon; let him make himself emperor, he will be grotesque.Napoleon the Little
Martyrdoms were represented on the stage, the martyr being the buffoon.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
They are at San Antonio—the baker, the buffoon, the two young men who dig.The Crusade of the Excelsior
- a person who amuses others by ridiculous or odd behaviour, jokes, etc
- a foolish person
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.