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Buffoon is a term for someone who acts in a silly or ridiculous fashion; a clown or fool.

Originally the term was used to describe a ridiculous but amusing person. The term is now frequently used in a derogatory sense to describe someone considered foolish, or someone displaying inappropriately vulgar, bumbling or ridiculous behavior that is a source of general amusement.

The term originates from the old Italian "buffare", meaning to puff out one's cheeks that also applies to bouffon.


From Middle French bouffon, from Italian buffone (“jester”), from buffare (“to puff out the cheeks”)

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