WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
clown /klaʊn/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a performer, esp. in a circus, who wears a funny costume and makeup, and acts to make people laugh.
  2. one who does pranks to make people laugh;
    a joker:He was a clown who had his classmates laughing.
  3. Slang TermsSlang. a fool.

v. [no object;  ~ (+ around)]
  1. to act like a clown;
    act silly or playfully:The girls were clowning (around) most of the night.
clown•ish, adj. 
clown•ish•ly, adv. 
clown•ish•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
clown  (kloun),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a comic performer, as in a circus, theatrical production, or the like, who wears an outlandish costume and makeup and entertains by pantomiming common situations or actions in exaggerated or ridiculous fashion, by juggling or tumbling, etc.
  2. a person who acts like a clown;
  3. a prankster;
    a practical joker.
  4. Slang Termsa coarse, ill-bred person;
    a boor.
  5. a peasant;

  1. to act like a clown.
clownish, adj. 
clownish•ly, adv. 
clownish•ness, n. 
  • earlier cloyne, clowne, perh. akin to Old Norse klunni boor, Danish dialect, dialectal klunds, Swedish dialect, dialectal klunn log 1555–65
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lout, churl.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bumpkin.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

clown /klaʊn/ n
  1. a comic entertainer, usually grotesquely costumed and made up, appearing in the circus
  2. a person who acts in a comic or buffoon-like manner
  3. a coarse clumsy rude person; boor
  4. archaic a countryman or rustic
vb (intransitive)
  1. to perform as a clown
  2. to play jokes or tricks
  3. to act foolishly
Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps of Low German origin; compare Frisian klönne, Icelandic klunni clumsy fellow

ˈclownery n ˈclownish adj ˈclownishly adv ˈclownishness n

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