Definition of buffoonery in English:



mass noun
  • Behaviour that is ridiculous but amusing.

    ‘the film is full of wordplay and buffoonery’
    count noun ‘predictable jeers, buffooneries, and cheap shots’
    • ‘A filmed version of the Pirates of Penzance, it is rich in anachronism and movie jokes, camp and buffoonery’
    • ‘Added to all of this technical wizardry is a musical score by David Rhymer, performed by the entire cast with just the right mix of sentiment and buffoonery.’
    • ‘Aristotle said Irony better befits a gentleman than buffoonery; the ironical man jokes to amuse himself, the buffoon to amuse other people.’
    • ‘The trapeze girls are putting colours, clowns are busy giving final touches to their buffoonery, a cute puppy is ready with an umbrella and the white chimp, a proud possession of Great Royal, is already on the bicycle.’
    • ‘There is a beautifully simple slapstick moment between Pedro and Javier on the tennis court that perfectly captures the cheeky buffoonery of the movie.’
    • ‘I suspect that there are lawyers who have been disbarred because of less offensive courtroom buffoonery.’
    • ‘The humour of Pimple films derived from theatrical burlesque, music-hall satire and from a tradition of buffoonery that embraced such infantilised characters as Silly Billy.’
    • ‘It has been interpreted as a beating out of evil spirits, as beautification, and even - erroneously - as buffoonery…’
    • ‘But what happened last week at Westminster was not buffoonery: it was Parliament - both Houses of it - doing exactly what it is supposed to do.’
    • ‘The crazy fivesome promise ‘a host of new songs and a finely tuned performance, punctuated by drunken buffoonery and priceless gems of wit and wisdom’.’
    • ‘The movement went to extremes in its use of buffoonery and provocative behaviour to shock and disrupt public complacency.’
    • ‘Many a batsman has already paid the penalty for believing that Kirby's glares and stares were mere buffoonery only then to find a stump ripped out by a great delivery or an edged shot finishing up in the hands of the slips.’
    • ‘This gorgeous, impressive set, once lit, was host to dancing that bordered on buffoonery, but silly music deserves silly dancing.’
    • ‘Like all standup comedians who transition into film careers, he had to buy his way into the business through buffoonery.’
    • ‘Having led the Arches Circus Summer School for the past two years and with international performance experience, Seed is on a mission to subvert the public's preconception of big top buffoonery.’
    • ‘It's made up of all sorts of bits and pieces that no one would otherwise touch, but he's packaged it well and dressed it up with his trademark buffoonery.’
    • ‘With their powerful blend of gothic horror, aggression and buffoonery, The Damned have become one of punk's most enduring and entertaining bands.’
    • ‘You have everything from Homer's buffoonery to the more complicated satire.’
    • ‘The tartan army, for many a source of national pride as a good-natured counterpoint to prevailing hooliganism elsewhere, is now routinely derided in the press for its apparent buffoonery and lack of knowledge of the beautiful game.’
    • ‘A bit of buffoonery and tomfoolery are always welcome after a tense high wire act, during which everyone in the audience has been holding their breath, and looking anxiously upwards, in total empathy with the performer.’
    mischief, mischievousness, naughtiness, badness
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