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clown

noun \ ˈklau̇n \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of clown

2 : a rude ill-bred person : boor
3 a : a fool, jester, or comedian in an entertainment (such 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 in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of clown

probably of Low German origin; akin to Frisian klönne clumsy fellow, Old English clyne lump of metal


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clown

verb

Definition of clown

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

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First Known Use of clown

1599



CLOWN Defined for English Language Learners

clown

noun

Definition of clown for English Language Learners

  • : 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


clown

verb

Definition of clown for English Language Learners

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


CLOWN Defined for Kids

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clown

noun \ ˈklau̇n \

Definition of clown for Students

1 : a performer (as in a circus) who entertains by playing tricks and who usually wears comical clothes and makeup
2 : someone who does things to make people laugh

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clown

verb

Definition of clown for Students

clowned; clowning
: to act in a funny or silly way : act like a clown


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