- The definition of a buffoon is a clown or someone who is always trying to be funny.
The class clown who is always making everyone laugh is an example of a buffoon.
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Origin: French bouffon ; from Italian buffone, jester ; from buffare, to jest, puff: of echoic origin, originally
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- A clown; a jester: a court buffoon.
- A person given to clowning and joking.
- A ludicrous or bumbling person; a fool.
Origin: French bouffon, from Old Italian buffone, from buffa, jest, from buffare, to puff, of imitative origin.
- buf·foonˈer·y noun