noun \ˈklan\

: someone who performs in a circus, who wears funny clothes and makeup, and who tries to make people laugh

: someone who often does funny things to make people laugh

: a rude or stupid person

Full Definition of CLOWN

:  a rude ill-bred person :  boor
a :  a fool, jester, or comedian in an entertainment (as a play); specifically :  a grotesquely dressed comedy performer in a circus
b :  a person who habitually jokes and plays the buffoon
c :  joker 1b

Examples of CLOWN

  1. Those big shoes make you look like a clown!
  2. Who's the clown standing in the middle of the road?
  3. those clowns at the state capital

Origin of CLOWN

probably of Low German origin; akin to Frisian klönne clumsy fellow, Old English clyne lump of metal
First Known Use: 1563

Rhymes with CLOWN



: to act like a clown : to say funny things or act in a silly way

Full Definition of CLOWN

intransitive verb
:  to act as or like a clown <always clowning around>

First Known Use of CLOWN



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