from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A clown; a jester: a court buffoon.
- n. A person given to clowning and joking.
- n. A ludicrous or bumbling person; a fool.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who acts in a silly or ridiculous fashion; a clown or fool.
- n. An unintentionally ridiculous person.
- v. To behave like a buffoon
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- adj. Characteristic of, or like, a buffoon.
- intransitive v. To act the part of a buffoon.
- transitive v. To treat with buffoonery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who makes a practice of amusing others by tricks, odd gestures and postures, jokes, and other vulgar pleasantries; a droll; a merryandrew; a clown; a jester.
- n. Synonyms See zany.
- Characteristic of a buffoon; buffoonish.
- To act the part of a buffoon.
- To make ridiculous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rude or vulgar fool
- n. a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
French bouffon, from Old Italian buffone, from buffa, jest, from buffare, to puff, of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French bouffon, from Italian buffone ("jester"), from buffare ("to puff out the cheeks") (Wiktionary)