One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is considered ridiculous.
figure of fun, object of ridicule, dupe, butt, fool, joke, standing joke, everybody's fool, stoogeView synonyms
- ‘Hair thinning, waists thickening, faces falling, they are held up to us as figures of fun.’
- ‘Put like that, he doesn't seem much like a figure of fun.’
- ‘He looked like an advert for ‘cricket trousers for the fuller figure’, but this portly batsman was no figure of fun.’
- ‘If I was wandering around telling people to shop less, eat less, borrow somebody's old clothes, I'd quickly become a figure of fun.’
- ‘Jesters of the past, though figures of fun at the royal court, were often highly intelligent men whose quick wit and sharp tongue both diverted the monarch and reminded him of his mortality.’
- ‘Fear of turning into such a pathetic figure of fun, I'm sure, is why I have adopted a pre-emptive strike when it comes to admitting my age.’
- ‘They started out as figures of fun, but I felt their perspectives ought to be as valid as anyone else's in the book.’
- ‘Briefly enjoying a career as a figure of fun, the bankrupt former minister now hardly figures at all.’
- ‘He can't do anything else; he's impotent, useless, obsolete, a figure of fun even to the reader.’
- ‘What was not clear last night was whether it would leave him a tarnished man, or enable him to shake off his image of being a dull, boring figure of fun.’
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