Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of buffoon.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • But no, here he is, buffooning his way around like he just quit “The Daily Show”.

    Weekend Movie Alert: “Date Night” And “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” | Manolith

  • For him, in fact, I would say it required "eccentricity" and a bit of "buffooning polarity" to pull off such grand feats of large scale cognition ignition, moving even scoffingly disclaiming "opponents" (those come just to bear witness, of course ....) into recognition, in spite of themselves.

    George Carlin and the 2008 Election

  • First of all, the Mullah reads them something out of the Koran; then gifts are bestowed upon the young couple and all their relations; the next thing is eating and drinking of buza, then the dance on horseback; and there is always some ragamuffin, bedaubed with grease, bestriding a wretched, lame jade, and grimacing, buffooning, and making the worshipful company laugh.

    A Hero of Our Time

  • He was forever buffooning, and if he sat on a high stool with his toes just touching the floor, his head on one side, a sad expression of countenance, and the tips of his fingers touching, he was supposed to be doing something amusing, and the effort would be rewarded with laughter, in which, however, Evadne could not join.

    The Heavenly Twins

  • Such were our feelings, nor could it well be otherwise; for Tieck was, and is, a poet of the highest grade -- not a playwright and systematic jest-hunter; and would as soon have put forth his hand in impious challenge against the Ark, as have stooped to become a buffooning pander to the idle follies of the million.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845

  • Bazarov, shrugging his shoulders contemptuously, Bazarov, who knew how to talk to peasants (as he had boasted in his dispute with Pavel Petrovitch), did not in his self-confidence even suspect that in their eyes he was all the while something of the nature of a buffooning clown.

    Chapter XXVII

  • First of all, the Mullah reads them something out of the Koran; then gifts are bestowed upon the young couple and all their relations; the next thing is eating and drinking of buzá, then the dance on horseback; and there is always some ragamuffin, bedaubed with grease, bestriding a wretched, lame jade, and grimacing, buffooning, and making the worshipful company laugh.

    A Hero of Our Time

  • I wrote to you by last post, enclosing a buffooning letter for publication, addressed to the buffoon Roberts, who has thought proper to tie a canister to his own tail.

    Selected English Letters

  • -- Like all his comrades, young Jeannin went from one showman to another, listened to their patter, was sometimes taken in by it, and entered the booth, only to come out disappointed and rather ashamed of having spent his time and his money in watching old clowns buffooning in shabby rags.

    Jean-Christophe Journey's End

  • And while one side of his face was crinkled up in buffooning grimaces, the other side wagged sternly and severely, and the never-closing eye looked out in a broad stare.

    The Crushed Flower and Other Stories

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.