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adjective clown·ish \ˈkla-nish\

: like a clown : acting in a silly or funny way

Full Definition of CLOWNISH

:  resembling or befitting a clown (as in ignorance and lack of sophistication)
clown·ish·ly adverb
clown·ish·ness noun

Examples of CLOWNISH

  1. <the clownish antics of some of the teenagers at the wedding reception>

First Known Use of CLOWNISH


Synonym Discussion of CLOWNISH

boorish, churlish, loutish, clownish mean uncouth in manners or appearance. boorish implies rudeness of manner due to insensitiveness to others' feelings and unwillingness to be agreeable <a drunk's boorish behavior>. churlish suggests surliness, unresponsiveness, and ungraciousness <churlish remarks>. loutish implies bodily awkwardness together with stupidity <a loutish oaf>. clownish suggests ill-bred awkwardness, ignorance or stupidity, ungainliness, and often a propensity for absurd antics <an adolescent's clownish conduct>.

Rhymes with CLOWNISH


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