buffoonery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

buffoon + suffix -ery

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

buffoonery (plural buffooneries)

  1. foolishness, silliness; the behaviour expected of a buffoon.
    • 1693: William Congreve, The Old Bachelor
      Araminta, come, I'll talk seriously to you now; could you but see with my eyes the buffoonery of one scene of address, a lover, set out with all his equipage and appurtenances; ...
    • 1814: Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
      One could not expect anybody to take such a part. Nothing but buffoonery from beginning to end.
    • before 1891: P.T. Barnum, quoted in The Life of Phineas T. Barnum [1]
      The Temperance Reform was too serious a matter for trifling jokes and buffooneries.