buffoonery


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buffoonery - acting like a clown or buffoonbuffoonery - acting like a clown or buffoon  
foolery, tomfoolery, lunacy, craziness, folly, indulgence - foolish or senseless behavior
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning; "his shtik made us laugh"

buffoonery

Translations

buffoonery

[bəˈfuːnərɪ] Nbufonadas fpl

buffoonery

[bəˈfuːnəri] (old-fashioned) nbouffonneries fpl

buffoonery

nClownerie f

buffoonery

[bəˈfuːnərɪ] nbuffoneria
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he said, speaking approvingly to a burly negro who was performing tricks of low buffoonery, which occasioned the shouts which Tom had heard.
You deal with me better than your word, noble knight,'' whimpered forth poor Wamba, whose habits of buffoonery were not to be overcome even by the immediate prospect of death; ``if you give me the red cap you propose, out of a simple monk you will make a cardinal.
But thither he had come, with a fair granddaughter under his arm; and there, amid all the mirth and buffoonery, stood this stern old figure, the best sustained character in the masquerade, because so well representing the antique spirit of his native land.
It was cruel that his extreme unhappiness should have in it something of buffoonery.
Buffoonery was not entirely expelled [86] from his otherwise grave court.
At length the London manager was discovered to be asleep, and shortly after that he woke up and went away, whereupon all the company fell foul of the unhappy comic countryman, declaring that his buffoonery was the sole cause; and Mr Crummles said, that he had put up with it a long time, but that he really couldn't stand it any longer, and therefore would feel obliged by his looking out for another engagement.
Others of them, however, exhibited in the midst of much rough-and-tumble fighting and buffoonery, a slight thread of dramatic action.
But when Fury's pre-fight hype turned from comicbook buffoonery to a biblical rant during a set-piece interview last week, you had to fear for the old chap.
There's slapstick buffoonery, unconvincing peril and mild grumbling as the decrepit duo are tempted by soft beds, pretty ladies and motorised transport.
THE SPOOKY MEN'S CHORALE Quirky folk, genial buffoonery and more than a few laughs are on the cards with the Aussie singers at Glasgow's Cottiers Theatre tonight.
It is not the first time his mouth has run ahead of his brain -- and it is probably the surest reason why his blowhard buffoonery will be dismissed by all but the most right-wing of Republican supporters.
The New Statesman Spitting Image's latex Tory buffoonery made flesh, this broad but scathing political satire gave Rik Mayall his greatest scenerychewing role as the scheming Conservative MP Alan B'stard.