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buf·foon

 (bə-fo͞on′)
n.
1. A clown; a jester: a court buffoon.
2. A person given to clowning and joking.
3. A ludicrous or bumbling person; a fool.

[French bouffon, from Old Italian buffone, from buffa, jest, from buffare, to puff, of imitative origin.]

buf·foon′er·y (bə-fo͞o′nə-rē) n.

buffoon

(bəˈfuːn)
n
1. a person who amuses others by ridiculous or odd behaviour, jokes, etc
2. a foolish person
[C16: from French bouffon, from Italian buffone, from Medieval Latin būfō, from Latin: toad]
bufˈfoonery n

buf•foon

(bəˈfun)

n.
1. a person who amuses others by jokes, pranks, etc.
2. a person given to coarse or offensive joking.
[1540–50; earlier buffon < French < Italian buffone=buff- (expressive base) + -one agent suffix]
buf•foon′er•y, n.
buf•foon′ish, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buffoon - a rude or vulgar foolbuffoon - a rude or vulgar fool    
fool, muggins, saphead, tomfool, sap - a person who lacks good judgment
2.buffoon - a person who amuses others by ridiculous behaviorbuffoon - a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
comedian, comic - a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts
harlequin - a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte)
jester, motley fool, fool - a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages
whiteface - a clown whose face is covered with white make-up
zany - a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect

buffoon

noun clown, fool, comic, comedian, wag, joker, jester, dag (N.Z. informal), harlequin, droll, silly billy (informal), joculator or (fem.) joculatrix, merry-andrew a drunken buffoon
Translations
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buffoon

[bəˈfuːn] Nbufón m, payaso m

buffoon

[bʌˈfuːn] nbouffon m, pitre m

buffoon

nClown m; (stupid) → Blödmann m (pej inf); to act or play the buffoonden Clown or Hanswurst spielen

buffoon

[bəˈfuːn] nbuffone/a
to play the buffoon → fare il/la buffone/a
References in classic literature ?
In short, he entirely sacrificed every appearance of the warrior to the masquerade of a buffoon.
He is neither a gentleman in manner nor in feeling, but a sort of buffoon, a punchinello, a pantaloon.
Now we find the poets never represent Jupiter himself as singing and playing; nay, we ourselves treat the professors of these arts as mean people, and say that no one would practise them but a drunkard or a buffoon.
All this was no doubt extremely coarse, and moreover it was premeditated, but after all Ferdishenko had persuaded everyone to accept him as a buffoon.
If you, sir, choose to make a buffoon of yourself," he said sharply, with a slight trembling of the lower jaw, "I can't prevent your doing so; but I warn you that if you dare to play the fool in my presence, I will teach you to behave yourself.
But then Cassandra's face caught his eye, gazing with astonishment at the buffoon, not laughing, too deeply intent and surprised to laugh at what she saw, and for some moments he watched her as if she were a child.
At a country fair there was a Buffoon who made all the people laugh by imitating the cries of various animals.
Vice, a rogue who sums up in himself all the Vices of the older Moralities and serves as the buffoon.
There are jests which you would be ashamed to make yourself, and yet on the comic stage, or indeed in private, when you hear them, you are greatly amused by them, and are not at all disgusted at their unseemliness;-- the case of pity is repeated;--there is a principle in human nature which is disposed to raise a laugh, and this which you once restrained by reason, because you were afraid of being thought a buffoon, is now let out again; and having stimulated the risible faculty at the theatre, you are betrayed unconsciously to yourself into playing the comic poet at home.
Do you know, Anak, you can't appreciate the joy of being the buffoon, playing the clown.
When he was just midway across, the little door opened once more, and a gaudily-dressed fellow like a buffoon sprang out, and went rapidly after the first one.
Not because he had his hair curled at the barber's, not because he was in such a hurry to show his wit, but because he is a spy, a speculator, because he is a skin-flint and a buffoon.