What does buffoon mean?

buffoon meaning in General Dictionary

to deal with with buffoonery

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  • to do something the part of a buffoon
  • Characteristic of or like a buffoon
  • a guy which tends to make a practice of amusing other people by low tips antic motions etc a droll a mimic a harlequin a clown a merry andrew
  • a rude or vulgar fool
  • an individual who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
  • a person which tends to make a practice of amusing other people by reasonable tricks, antic motions, etc.; a droll; a mimic; a harlequin; a clown; a merry-andrew.
  • Characteristic of, or like, a buffoon.
  • to behave the element of a buffoon.
  • To treat with buffoonery.

buffoon meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1540s, "sort of pantomime party;" 1580s, "clown," from Middle French bouffon (16c.), from Italian buffone "jester," from buffa "laugh, jest, pleasantry," from buffare "to puff from cheeks," a comic gesture, of echoic beginning. In addition see -oon.


buffoon meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A person just who tends to make a practice of amusing others by low tips, antic gestures, etc.; a droll; a mimic; a harlequin; a clown; a merry-andrew.

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  • (a.) Characteristic of, or like, a buffoon.
  • (v. i.) to do something the element of a buffoon.
  • (v. t.) To treat with buffoonery.

Sentence Examples with the word buffoon

No one found more opportunities for attacking, no one captured or killed more Frenchmen, and consequently he was made the buffoon of all the Cossacks and hussars and willingly accepted that role.

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