As nouns the difference between buffoonery and monkeyshine
is that buffoonery
is foolishness, silliness; the behaviour expected of a buffoon while monkeyshine
is a trick or prank like a monkey's; mischief; buffoonery; tomfoolery; monkeyism; shenanigans.
foolishness, silliness; the behaviour expected of a buffoon.
* 1693 : William Congreve, The Old Bachelor
* 1814 : Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
- Araminta, come, I'll talk seriously to you now; could you but see with my eyes the buffoonery of one scene of address, a lover, set out with all his equipage and appurtenances; ...
* before 1891 : P.T. Barnum, quoted in The Life of Phineas T. Barnum [http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1576]
- One could not expect anybody to take such a part. Nothing but buffoonery from beginning to end.
- The Temperance Reform was too serious a matter for trifling jokes and buffooneries .
A trick or prank like a monkey's; mischief; buffoonery; tomfoolery; monkeyism; shenanigans.
* 1878 : , XIII. 435.
- I have seen about as many monkeyshines from you as I will tolerate.
- You may have noticed barefooted boys cutting up monkey-shines on trees with entire safety to themselves.