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buffoon (n.)

1540s, "type of pantomime dance;" 1580s, "professional comic fool;" 1590s in the general sense "a clown, a joker;" from French bouffon (16c.), from Italian buffone "jester," from buffa "joke, jest, pleasantry," from buffare "to puff out the cheeks," a comic gesture, of echoic origin. Also see -oon.

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Definitions of buffoon from WordNet

buffoon (n.)
a rude or vulgar fool;
Synonyms: clown
buffoon (n.)
a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior;
Synonyms: clown / goof / goofball / merry andrew
From wordnet.princeton.edu