View synonyms for buffoonery


[ buh-foo-nuh-ree ]


  1. amusement by means of usually physical or visual tricks, jokes, etc.:

    The play swings from absurd buffoonery to high tragedy, with kinetic physicality, silliness, swords, and live music.

  2. coarse or undignified joking:

    The managers perceived my buffoonery as a barely concealed way of calling them pretentious—and they weren’t altogether wrong.

  3. silly, foolish, or unseemly behavior:

    It’s hard to top the current governor's race if you like your politics laced with outrageous buffoonery.

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I loved that the guys were so charmingly incompetent and self-deprecating in some areas, without being feckless buffoons.

From Time

Her vocal reactionary buffoonery has become part of Israel's political entertainment.

This CNN clip taken on a flooded street on Long Island serves up a buffet of buffoonery.

By contrast, she does not know Hayworth, and owes him nothing (especially with all his political buffoonery).

In far too many cases, black studies very quickly became a hotbed of paranoid bunk and intellectual buffoonery.

The comic authors entertained spectators by fantastic and gross displays, by the exhibition of buffoonery and pantomime.

Though dogs I never did care for keeping, because it goes with drinking, foulness, and buffoonery!

There is a gravity behind his buffoonery, and a secret sympathy with his butts.

Humour she really possessed; and when she chose it, she could be diverting to those who like buffoonery in women.

James I. gave all manner of liberty and encouragement to the exercise of buffoonery, and took great delight in it himself.