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clown

play
noun \ˈklau̇n\

Simple Definition of clown

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  farmer, countryman

  2. 2 :  a rude ill-bred person :  boor

  3. 3 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


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clown

verb

Simple Definition of clown

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

Full Definition of clown

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

1599

First Known Use of clown

1599




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