Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.
To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link).
I’ve now been through the alphabet once, so I’ve started again, and am now looking at the letter B.
So, here is my WOW for this week:
- A person who does silly things, usually to make other people laugh:
2. A person given to coarse or undignified joking (a boor).
Audio: buffoon. (No discernible difference between UK and US pronunciations for this one.)
Part of Speech:
Mid 16th century: from French bouffon, from Italian buffone, from medieval Latin buffo, meaning ‘clown’. Originally recorded as a rare Scottish word for a kind of pantomime dance, the term later (late 16th century) denoted a professional jester.
jester, clown, fool, boor, comic, comedian, wag, joker, dag (New Zealand, informal) harlequin, droll, silly-billy (informal), joculator or (fem) joculatrix, merry-andrew, zany, prankster.
Use in a Sentence:
1. Once she got behind her desk, the generally quiet Teresa seemed to transform into a buffoon, hurling coarse and insulting remarks at her colleagues:
2. I hoped my husband would stop acting like a buffoon before our friends deserted us at the party:
4. (Use of related noun) On his first visit to the circus, Jonathan was not impressed by the clown’s constant buffoonery:
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