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Meaning of BUFFOON

Pronunciation:  bu'foon

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
  2. [n]  a rude or vulgar fool

BUFFOON is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: clown, merry andrew
 See Also: comedian, comic, Emmett Kelly, fool, harlequin, jester, Kelly, muggins, Pantaloon, sap, saphead, tomfool, Weary Willie, whiteface, zany



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Buf*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 practice of amusing others by low tricks,
    antic gestures, etc.; a droll; a mimic; a harlequin; a clown;
    a merry-andrew.
  2. \Buf*foon"\, a.
    Characteristic of, or like, a buffoon. ``Buffoon stories.''
          To divert the audience with buffoon postures and antic
          dances.                                  --Melmoth.
  3. \Buf*foon"\, v. i.
    To act the part of a buffoon. [R.]
  4. \Buf*foon"\, v. t.
    To treat with buffoonery. --Glanvill.
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