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clownish

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of clownish

  1. having or showing crudely insensitive or impolite manners the clownish antics of some of the teenagers at the wedding reception Synonyms of clownish boorish, churlish, classless, cloddish, loutish, uncouth Words Related to clownish coarse, ill-bred, uncultivated, unpolished, unrefined, unsophisticated; tasteless, vulgar; beastly, bestial; doltish, oafish, stupid; discourteous, impolite, mannerless, misleared [chiefly Scottish], rude, uncivil, ungracious, unmannerly; awkward, ungainly Near Antonyms of clownish couth, cultivated, polished, refined, sophisticated, well-bred; classy, courtly, genteel, gentlemanly, ladylike; civil, courteous, polite

Synonym Discussion of clownish

boorish, churlish, loutish, clownish mean uncouth in manners or appearance. boorish implies rudeness of manner due to insensitiveness to others' feelings and unwillingness to be agreeable.
    • a drunk's boorish behavior
churlish suggests surliness, unresponsiveness, and ungraciousness.
    • churlish remarks
loutish implies bodily awkwardness together with stupidity.
    • a loutish oaf
clownish suggests ill-bred awkwardness, ignorance or stupidity, ungainliness, and often a propensity for absurd antics.
    • an adolescent's clownish conduct


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