(n.) A man who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures, etc.; a droll; a mimic; a harlequin; a clown; a merry-andrew.
(a.) Characteristic of, or like, a buffoon.
(v. i.) To act the part of a buffoon.
(v. t.) To treat with buffoonery.
(1) The global face of Britain is now a buffoon (as many in Brussels describe him), whose word is as reliable as a used-car salesman’s.
(2) Talking last month on his late-night HBO show Last Week Tonight , Oliver ridiculed Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha's "dystopian nightmare" of a government, called Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn a "buffoon" and an "idiot", and ridiculed a clip of a contentious home video of the prince and his semi-naked wife at a poolside birthday party for their pet poodle Foo Foo.
(3) The National theatre's Broadway version of One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden as a gluttonous buffoon, has received seven nominations at this year's Tony Awards – but was trumped by the largely British creative team behind Once , which picked up 11 to lead the pack.
(4) Described yesterday as a bully and buffoon, his predictions of doom under a multiracial democracy proved hollow and his support dwindled to a tiny rump.
(5) Well at least they wouldn't burn up on re-entry you fat-fingered buffoon.
(6) There’s also the fact that some of Reclaim Australia’s most prominent participants are racist buffoons of long standing .
(7) Even as he handed out wads of petrodollars to impoverished developing countries, their leaders mocked him behind his back for being a buffoon and a clown.
(8) The major parties offer a deranged rightwing sociopath provoking global war or a reality-TV buffoon with no actual policy, both of them hopelessly corrupt and staggeringly incompetent.
(9) Unlike Hank, Tambor need not worry that he's a talentless buffoon, but that doesn't mean he doesn't fret about it.
(10) The US media have seen him as an outrageous buffoon, a menace, an incipient tyrant, a creation of the fascist Twittersphere.
(11) Someone who seems to combine both careers, however, is Boris Johnson, who manages simultaneously to be both London mayor and zipwire-swinging buffoon.
(12) In my sport they literally tell you you have to act ignorant, act like a buffoon if you want to make it.
(13) Yesterday, the "buffoon" of South African politics was named as one of Africa's 10 most powerful young men by international business magazine Forbes.
(14) McMahon passed that on to his England team-mates, who figured they'd be lining out the next day against a band of bedraggled buffoons.
(15) Acting the buffoon is a winning political strategy, as Farage has discovered.
(16) "All I had ever seen was Boris being a buffoon on Have I Got News For You?.
(17) During the years of "kanaalen," she becomes the community buffoon who always has to play the clown.
(18) But in an intelligent way,” he added, “not getting embroiled in individual debates with buffoons who only want to provoke.
(19) Furthermore, convincing your fellow audience members that you are honestly trying to contribute will recast you not as a selfish egotist but a lovable buffoon.
(20) His Vietnam war heroism was recast as cowardice by George W Bush’s allies in 2004, and Bush successfully portrayed Kerry as a foppish buffoon.
(superl.) Queer, and fitted to provoke laughter; ludicrous from oddity; amusing and strange.
(n.) One whose practice it is to raise mirth by odd tricks; a jester; a buffoon; a merry-andrew.
(n.) Something exhibited to raise mirth or sport, as a puppet, a farce, and the like.
(v. i.) To jest; to play the buffoon.
(v. t.) To lead or influence by jest or trick; to banter or jest; to cajole.
(v. t.) To make a jest of; to set in a comical light.
(1) "It's like revisiting an old world," says Topley-Bird, who is droll and spacey where Tricky is hyperactively chatty.
(2) Obama's roommates were Paul Carpenter, a blond southern Californian who occasionally took his friends surfing (bodysurfing, in Barry's case), and Imad Husain, an intellectual Pakistani with a droll sense of humour who grew up in Karachi (though his parents now lived in Dubai) and finished his secondary education at Bedford School in the UK.
(3) She is by far the most popular …" Ms Harman was careful not to smile at this gallant jibe, but most of the shadow cabinet thought it very droll and smiled happily.
(4) Patterson says that she felt the most sympathy for her father, quietly droll, music-loving, a former Japanese POW.
(5) Tom was unsuited to the home-improvement periodicals for which he wrote in the late 70s, but in 1980 his droll and quizzical reviews began to appear in New Music News, an underground rock weekly launched by Felix Dennis to fill the vacuum left by the strike-bound NME and Melody Maker.
(6) She is the drama's underdog, but Lindqvist's droll, bullish performance elicits the most memorable moments of humour and pathos (as well as several uncomfortable moments in that bikini).
(7) His show was loose and disconnected, delivered in a droll, semi-stoned style that allowed him to ramble gently from one topic to the next.
(8) Here he reviews games with droll and super-fast wit, against a backdrop of animation.
(9) What happened to the droll and down-to-earth candidate who, without a qualm, is now embracing the Bonapartist style of Charles de Gaulle's presidency?
(11) "He was like, 'I've thrown parents in the pool before, don't make me throw you,'" says Tony, adopting a hangdog look and mimicking Murray in the lowest, most droll voice possible.
(12) Most of all, I will miss his style: his suave deportment; his droll sense of humour; his understatement and his physical energy; his articulacy; his charm; his grace.
(13) It's been significantly updated – the stand-out moment for me was when Beryl and Betty did a rap over Don't Stop Me Now (they do the words – "I'm a sex machine, ready to reload", which is droll for their dry delivery – but they also chat all the way through: "I think you were out of tune, there".
(14) In a presentation so droll that the people who came after him kicked off with "We're not going to be as enjoyable as that, I'm afraid", Haslam emphasised activity, more activity, sustainable activity – best of all, routine activity, that is built into your life and carries on regardless of the weather, or whether you've broken your arm.
(15) 1 Know thine enemy It is droll to observe nutritional advice at the public health level; governments and their agencies always approach obesity as though it were a problem of information or – in the popular phrasing – "awareness".
(16) Friday's launch was fun (cue Zuckerberg's droll status update: "Mark Zuckerberg listed a company on Nasdaq") but there's a tendency to see stock market flotations as the culmination of a company's existence.
(17) Every morning, he announces the location of each piece on his website and invites people to call a hotline for droll descriptions of the artwork's inspiration.
(18) Tristram is quite droll about the demands of the narrative, and describes the distance it puts between her and the disease as a kind of relief.
(19) His LinkedIn account is also testament to a droll sense of humour with a minimal CV.
(20) All very droll – but perhaps the self-proclaimed "cock of the walk" might like to think about letting the dust settle?