Definition of buffoon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bəˈfuːn//
; NAmE NAmE//bəˈfuːn//
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a person who does silly but amusing things Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French bouffon, from Italian buffone, from medieval Latin buffo ‘clown’. Originally recorded as a rare Scots word for a kind of pantomime dance, the term later (late 16th cent.) denoted a professional jester.
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