Definition of clownish
: resembling or befitting a clown (as in ignorance and lack of sophistication)
Examples of clownish in a Sentence
the clownish antics of some of the teenagers at the wedding reception
Recent Examples of clownish from the Web
Lynch plays Dahmer as a high school senior, weird and clownish, but part of a group of friends that reveled in his oddities.
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That spirit apparently motivated many Trump voters, who didn’t mind that their tribune spoke in clownish generalities, possessed no relevant experience and exhibited an itchy trigger finger.
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CLOWNISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clownish for English Language Learners
: like a clown : acting in a silly or funny way
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