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buffoon

buf·foon

buffoon

pronunciation:
b fun
part of speech: noun
definition 1: someone who behaves comically; clown.
He was beloved in high school as the class buffoon.
synonyms:
clown, merry-andrew
similar words:
comedian, fool, jester, joker, wag, wit, zany
definition 2: someone who is seen as ridiculous by others.
No one took him for anything more than a buffoon and no idea of his was taken seriously.
synonyms:
fool, laughingstock
derivations: buffoonish (adj.), buffoonery (n.), buffoonishness (n.)