Origin of buffoonFrench bouffon from Italian buffone, jester from buffare, to jest, puff: of echoic origin, originally
Two people acting like buffoons.
The class clown who is always making everyone laugh is an example of a buffoon.
- A clown; a jester: a court buffoon.
- A person given to clowning and joking.
- A ludicrous or bumbling person; a fool.
Origin of buffoonFrench bouffon from Old Italian buffone from buffa jest from buffare to puff of imitative origin
- In the United States the term is used most commonly to describe inappropriate, clownish figures on the public stage; here the behavior of a variety of public figures have caused them to be described as buffoons by their political opponents.
- In the UK the term is used more broadly, to describe such people who are held in popular regard but who nevertheless engender amusement with their pronouncements and acts.
(third-person singular simple present buffoons, present participle buffooning, simple past and past participle buffooned)
- To behave like a buffoon
From Middle French bouffon, from Italian buffone (“jester”), from buffare (“to puff out the cheeks”)
- That buffoon making a fool of himself at a business open house may well turn out to be the next executive or business owner you'll need to see.
- He was the buffoon, who went by a woman's name, Nastasya Ivanovna.
- The " creature " of Charles, as he called himself, this burly, violent scholar, buffoon and bully, was reckoned a patriot.
- 34), Cicero states that he was contemptuous of other philosophers and even called Socrates "the Attic Buffoon."
- "Nastasya Ivanovna, what sort of children shall I have?" she asked the buffoon, who was coming toward her in a woman's jacket.