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clown

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noun \ˈklau̇n\

Definition of clown

  1. 1 :  farmer, countryman

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

  3. 3 a :  a fool, jester, or comedian in an entertainment (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

Origin and Etymology of clown

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


First Known Use: 1563


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clown

verb

Definition of clown

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to act as or like a clown <always clowning around>

1599

First Known Use of clown

1599



CLOWN Defined for English Language Learners

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clown

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noun \ˈklau̇n\

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


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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

play
noun \ˈklau̇n\

Definition of clown for Students

  1. 1 :  a performer (as in a circus) who entertains by playing tricks and who usually wears comical clothes and makeup

  2. 2 :  someone who does things to make people laugh


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clown

play
verb

Definition of clown for Students

clowned

clowning

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



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