Definitions for: Buffoon


[n] a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
[n] a rude or vulgar fool



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


Buf*foon", a.
Characteristic of, or like, a buffoon. ``Buffoon stories.''
--Macaulay.

To divert the audience with buffoon postures and antic
dances. --Melmoth.


Buf*foon", v. i.
To act the part of a buffoon. [R.]


Buf*foon", v. t.
To treat with buffoonery. --Glanvill.

Synonyms: clown, merry andrew

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

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