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buffoon (plural buffoons)
- One who acts in a silly or ridiculous fashion; a clown or fool.
- To divert the audience with buffoon postures and antic dances.
- (pejorative) An unintentionally ridiculous person.
- In the United States the term is used most commonly to describe inappropriate, clownish figures on the public stage; here the behavior of a variety of public figures have caused them to be described as buffoons by their political opponents.
- In the UK the term is used more broadly, to describe such people who are held in popular regard but who nevertheless engender amusement with their pronouncements and acts.
one who acts in a silly or ridiculous fashion
- To behave like a buffoon
1988, January 22, “Henry Sheehan”[Chicago Reader], Little Boy Blue:
- His mimicry of gay speech and facial expressions is analagous to an Amos 'n' Andy routine, in which white men buffooned their way through incredibly demeaning impersonations of black men.