- 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 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)
October 30, 2012
It was cruel that his extreme unhappiness should have in it something of buffoonery.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
As late as 1783 the buffoonery of this kind of exhibition continued.The Standard Oratorios
George P. Upton
O'Mally, for all his buffoonery, was a keen one to read a face.The Lure of the Mask
One of the eye-witnesses said to us: 'We thought that this was part of the buffoonery.'Napoleon the Little
This is not a criticism of the phallus on grounds of obscenity, but on grounds of buffoonery.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
- a person who amuses others by ridiculous or odd behaviour, jokes, etc
- a foolish person
Word Origin and History for buffoonery
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.