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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.
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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]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||buffoon - a rude or vulgar fool|
|2.||buffoon - a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior|
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
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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
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