Buffoon



a person who amuses others by tricks, jokes, odd gestures and postures, etc.
a person given to coarse or undignified joking.
Contemporary Examples

Good Riddance to Prince Andrew’s Day Job! William Underhill July 22, 2011
Rupert Everett Unleashed Kevin Sessums April 5, 2009
Who Made Frank Rich God? Lee Siegel March 15, 2009
Good Riddance, O.J. Stanley Crouch December 5, 2008

Historical Examples

Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp
Rope Holworthy Hall
The Crow’s Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo

noun
a person who amuses others by ridiculous or odd behaviour, jokes, etc
a foolish person
n.

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