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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clown, buffoonnoun

    a rude or vulgar fool

  2. clown, buffoon, goof, goofball, merry andrewnoun

    a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior


  1. buffoonnoun

    One who acts in a silly or ridiculous fashion; a clown or fool.

  2. buffoonnoun

    An unintentionally ridiculous person.

  3. buffoonverb

    To behave like a buffoon

  4. Etymology: From bouffon, from buffone, from buffare

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BUFFOONnoun

    Etymology: buffon, Fr.

    No prince would think himself greatly honoured, to have his proclamation canvassed on a publick stage, and become the sport of buffoons. Isaac Watts.

    It is the nature of drolls and buffoons, to be insolent to those that will bear it, and slavish to others. Roger L'Estrange.

    The bold buffoon, whene’er they trade the green,
    Their motion mimicks, but with gest obscene. Samuel Garth.


  1. buffoon

    A jester, court jester, fool or joker was a member of the household of a nobleman or a monarch employed to entertain guests during the medieval and Renaissance eras. Jesters were also itinerant performers who entertained common folk at fairs and town markets, and the discipline continues into the modern day, where jesters perform at historical-themed events. During the Middle Ages, jesters are often thought to have worn brightly colored clothes and eccentric hats in a motley pattern. Their modern counterparts usually mimic this costume. Jesters entertained with a wide variety of skills: principal among them were song, music, and storytelling, but many also employed acrobatics, juggling, telling jokes (such as puns, stereotypes, and imitation), and performing magic tricks. Much of the entertainment was performed in a comic style. Many jesters made contemporary jokes in word or song about people or events well known to their audiences.


  1. buffoon

    A buffoon is a person who behaves in a ridiculous, comical, or foolish manner, often to entertain others. This term can also refer to a professional jester or clown.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buffoonnoun

    a man who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures, etc.; a droll; a mimic; a harlequin; a clown; a merry-andrew

  2. Buffoonadjective

    characteristic of, or like, a buffoon

  3. Buffoonverb

    to act the part of a buffoon

  4. Buffoonverb

    to treat with buffoonery

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Buffoon

    buf-ōōn′, n. one who amuses by jests, grimaces, &c.: a clown: a fool.—ns. Buff′o, the comic actor in an opera; Buffoon′ery, the practices of a buffoon; ludicrous or vulgar jesting. [Fr. bouffon—It. buffone, buffare, to jest.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buffoon in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buffoon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of buffoon in a Sentence

  1. Bob Smith:

    They're in the category of thinking that Trump is basically unqualified -- he shouldn't be here, he's a buffoon, that's not where Sen. Cruz is coming from.

  2. Michael Kimmel:

    This provides a counter-narrative to all the action hero, buffoon images that we see.

  3. Ian Poulter -LRB- 70 -RRB-:

    Because I'm a buffoon, i mean, stupid. This golf course I can compete on because it's fiddly, it's position off the tee, small greens, need to chip it well, good pace putting when you're above the hole. All those things I do well.

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