Buffoon

  • 1 buffoon — uf*foon , a. Characteristic of, or like, a buffoon. Buffoon stories. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] To divert the audience with buffoon postures and antic dances. Melmoth. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 buffoon — uf*foon , v. i. To act the part of a buffoon. [R.] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 buffoon — uf*foon , n. [F. bouffon (cf. It. buffone, buffo, buffa, puff of wind, vanity, nonsense, trick), fr. bouffer to puff out, because the buffoons puffed out their cheeks for the amusement of the spectators. See {Buffet} a blow.] A man who makes a… …

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  • 4 Buffoon — Buf*foon , v. t. To treat with buffoonery. Glanvill. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 buffoon — 1540s, type of pantomime dance, 1580s, clown, from M.Fr. bouffon (16c.), from It. buffone jester, from buffare to puff out the cheeks, a comic gesture, of echoic origin. Also Cf. OON (Cf. oon) …

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  • 6 buffoon — [n] clownlike person antic, bozo*, clown, comedian, comic, droll, fool, harlequin, jester, joker, merry andrew, wag, zany; concept 423 …

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  • 7 buffoon — ► NOUN ▪ a ridiculous but amusing person. DERIVATIVES buffoonery noun buffoonish adjective. ORIGIN French bouffon, from Latin buffo clown …

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  • 8 buffoon — [bə fo͞on′] n. [Fr bouffon < It buffone, jester < buffare, to jest, puff: of echoic orig.] a person who is always clowning and trying to be funny; clown buffoonery n. buffoonish adj …

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  • 9 buffoon — n. to play the buffoon * * * [bə fuːn] to play the buffoon …

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  • 10 buffoon — [[t]bʌfu͟ːn[/t]] buffoons N COUNT (disapproval) If you call someone a buffoon, you mean that they often do foolish things. [OLD FASHIONED] ...the man once dismissed by the West as a drunken buffoon. Syn: clown …

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  • 11 buffoon — noun 1) archaic the king s buffoon Syn: clown, jester, fool, comic, comedian, wag, wit, merry andrew, harlequin, Punchinello, Pierrot 2) they regarded him as a buffoon Syn …

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  • 12 buffoon — UK [bəˈfuːn] / US [bəˈfun] noun [countable] Word forms buffoon : singular buffoon plural buffoons someone who behaves in a stupid and annoying way Derived word: buffoonery noun uncountable …

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  • 13 buffoon — 1. noun a) One who acts in a silly or ridiculous fashion; a clown or fool. b) An unintentionally ridiculous person. 2. verb To behave like a buffoon …

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  • 14 buffoon — noun Etymology: Middle French bouffon, from Old Italian buffone Date: 1585 1. a ludicrous figure ; clown 2. a gross and usually ill educated or stupid person • buffoonish adjective …

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  • 15 buffoon — buffoonery /beuh fooh neuh ree/, n. buffoonish, adj. /beuh foohn /, n. 1. a person who amuses others by tricks, jokes, odd gestures and postures, etc. 2. a person given to coarse or undignified joking. [1540 50; earlier buffon < F < It buffone,… …

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  • 16 buffoon — Synonyms and related words: Columbine, Hanswurst, Harlequin, Pantalone, Pantaloon, Polichinelle, Pulcinella, Punch, Punchinello, Scaramouch, ass, bad boy, booger, born fool, buffo, bugger, clown, cutup, devil, doodle, egregious ass, elf, enfant… …

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  • 17 buffoon — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. fool, clown, jester; comedian, mountebank. See drama, wit. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. joker, clown, comedian; see clown , fool 1 , 2 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. clown, fool, jester, joker,… …

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  • 18 buffoon — buf|foon [bəˈfu:n] n old fashioned [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: boufon, from Old Italian buffone, probably from buffare to breathe hard, blow ] someone who does silly things that make you laugh >buffoonery n [U] …

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  • 19 buffoon — buf|foon [ bə fun ] noun count someone who behaves in a stupid and annoying way ╾ buf|foon|er|y noun uncount …

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  • 20 buffoon — buf·foon || bÊŒ fuːn n. ludicrous figure, clown, fool, joker …

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