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Buffoon is a somewhat derogatory term for a humourous character who provides amusement principally by stupidity rather than talent. The term clown is also used, although this word more usually refers to professional entertainers who provide this sort of act for a living.

A person usually becomes a buffoon either through natural disorganisation and clumsiness, or by attempting to gain attention through humour but failing to pull it off. An individual may also choose to become a buffoon in order to gain a unique place in a social group, although this is generally a last resort.