clownery

clownery

[klou-nuh-ree]
noun, plural clowneries for 2.
1.
clownish behavior.
2.
an instance of this.

Origin:
1580–90; clown + -ery

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clown (klaʊn)
 
n
1.  a comic entertainer, usually grotesquely costumed and made up, appearing in the circus
2.  any performer who elicits an amused response
3.  someone who plays jokes or tricks
4.  a person who acts in a comic or buffoon-like manner
5.  a coarse clumsy rude person; boor
6.  archaic a countryman or rustic
 
vb
7.  to perform as a clown
8.  to play jokes or tricks
9.  to act foolishly
 
[C16: perhaps of Low German origin; compare Frisian klönne, Icelandic klunni clumsy fellow]
 
'clownery
 
n
 
'clownish
 
adj
 
'clownishly
 
adv
 
'clownishness
 
n

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