clown

noun
\ ˈklau̇n How to pronounce clown (audio) \

Definition of clown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a rude ill-bred person : boor
3a : 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

clown

verb
clowned; clowning; clowns

Definition of clown (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to act as or like a clown always clowning around

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Examples of clown in a Sentence

Noun Those big shoes make you look like a clown! Who's the clown standing in the middle of the road? those clowns at the state capital
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Johnson—in this, like Trump—acts as a showman, a braggart, and a clown in order to rule without real responsibility. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 22 May 2021 Others responded with their own series of emojis, such as a clown face or the flag representing the Palestinian region, to show solidarity with airstrike victims. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 17 May 2021 In the competition for eyeballs between boxing and the clown shows that make a mockery of the once-proud sport, the fake stuff is claiming the majority of the rounds. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 The lawyers also argued witness accounts of the clown’s gender and height provide serious doubt that their client was the shooter. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Mario and Bowser Junior have to team up to stop a rampaging Bowser and a secondary player can take on the role of his progeny in his flying clown car to help fight enemies and store power ups. Jon Martindale, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Perhaps no other genre epitomized that wasteland as much as children’s programs, a point Agrelo supports with a cringe-worthy montage of snippets that include Soupy Sales mugging and a joyless clown selling Tootsie Rolls. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2021 In the 10th, the benches cleared when Dodger pitcher Dennis Santana plunked Jorge Mateo, who must feel like the dunk-tank clown at the county fair in the last week. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2021 Though Avani Gregg may have gotten her social media start carrying off high-drama looks designed for a literal clown, her everyday routine is far more subtle—and equally well-executed. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The internet, righteous in its bitterness, immediately began to clown the man and his WandaVision cosplay, but Uzi logged on to explain that the diamond is actually centered, brokies. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 3 Feb. 2021 The song that gave the entire United Kingdom a chance to clown on Taylor Swift, which is the best gift the nation has received from an American since FDR’s Lend-Lease program. Nate Jones, Vulture, 11 Jan. 2021 Even McCarthy clowned him by imitating the eldest Kardashian’s famously monotone voice. Rachel Yang, EW.com, 3 Apr. 2020 This particular compound of grandiosity and insecurity is an artisanal microbrew, and McElhenney does good work clowning his eyebrows into attitudes expressive of pure contempt and unsteady comprehension. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2020 There’s one acceptable outcome to their season, and reality-check losses like this one help them get closer to that a lot more than starting 8-0 by clowning clueless teams like Washington, the Jets, and the Browns. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2019 That didn’t stop fans from clowning Bosa after the 49ers loss. cleveland, 3 Feb. 2020 However, not everyone who lives near the location is thrilled with the Joker fans clowning around. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 23 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile on Instagram, people were getting their popcorn ready and literally clowning Trump and others. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of clown

Noun

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clown

Noun

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

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29 May 2021

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“Clown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clown. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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clown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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
informal : a rude or stupid person

clown

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clown (Entry 2 of 2)

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

clown

noun
\ ˈklau̇n How to pronounce clown (audio) \

Kids Definition of clown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

clown

verb
clowned; clowning

Kids Definition of clown (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act in a funny or silly way : act like a clown

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