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clownish

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adjective clown·ish \ˈklau̇-nish\

Simple Definition of clownish

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of clownish

  1. :  resembling or befitting a clown (as in ignorance and lack of sophistication)

clownishly adverb
clownishness noun

Examples of clownish in a sentence

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



1563

First Known Use of clownish

1563

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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