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.
a silly or foolish person: He has been shown to be a pompous, incompetent buffoon.

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Origin of buffoon

First recorded in 1540–50; earlier buffon, from French, from Italian buffone, equivalent to buff- (expressive form; compare buffa “puff of breath,” buffare “to puff, puff up one's cheeks”) + -one agent suffix, ultimately from Latin -ōnem, accusative of nominative noun suffix

SYNONYMS FOR buffoon

OTHER WORDS FROM buffoon

buf·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 forms of buffoon

buffoonery, noun

Word Origin for buffoon

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