Origin of buffoon
Examples from the Web for buffoonery
This CNN clip taken on a flooded street on Long Island serves up a buffet of buffoonery.Hurricane Sandy’s Biggest Idiots: Jet Skiing on the Hudson & More (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The style of preaching before the Reformation had been often little else than buffoonery, and seldom respectable.
The spirit of buffoonery need not exclude charity; but that's rare.Baudelaire: His Prose and Poetry|Charles Baudelaire
This farce, which was played every year in the temple of Jupiter, is said to have been called "buffoonery."A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
It made him servile, disposed to buffoonery, with no sense of the fitness of things, and devoid of all foresight and prudence.A Family of Noblemen|Mikhal Saltykov
Then followed the buffoonery; and this was at least genuine rough and tumble if there was little wit in it.The English in the West Indies|James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for buffoonery
Word Origin for buffoon
Word Origin and History for buffoonery (1 of 2)
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.