buffoonery

If someone tells you to cut out the buffoonery, you may want to consider taking the French fries out of your nostrils. Buffoonery means acting like a clown.

Notice how buffoon sounds like puff? Well, they're related. Buffare is an Italian word meaning "puff out the cheeks," which is apparently something that Italian court jesters, or buffoons, liked to do in the 1700s. Guess you had to be there.

Definitions of buffoonery
  1. noun
    acting like a clown or buffoon
    synonyms: clowning, frivolity, harlequinade, japery, prank
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    types:
    schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik
    (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning
    type of:
    craziness, folly, foolery, indulgence, lunacy, tomfoolery
    foolish or senseless behavior
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