a comically dressed performer (as at a circus) who entertains with playful tricks and ridiculous behavior <among the court entertainers waiting to enter the grand hall were masked harlequins in brightly colored pantaloons> Related Words cutup
; antic [archaic]
, second banana
, top banana
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