clown

[kloun]
noun
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; comedian; joker; buffoon; jester.
3.
a prankster; a practical joker.
4.
Slang. a coarse, ill-bred person; a boor.
5.
a peasant; rustic.
verb (used without object)
6.
to act like a clown.

Origin:
1555–65; earlier cloyne, clowne, perhaps akin to Old Norse klunni boor, Danish dialect klunds, Swedish dialect klunn log

clownish, adjective
clownishly, adverb
clownishness, noun


3. lout, churl. 4. bumpkin.
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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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clown
1560s, origin uncertain. Perhaps from Scand. dial., or akin to N.Fris. klonne "clumsy person," or, less likely, from L. colonus "colonist, farmer," hence, "rustic, boor," which apparently was the earliest Eng. sense.
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Example sentences for clowns
He is considered one of the finest mimes and clowns ever captured on film.
Improvisation and imitations of famous clowns are common for amateur clowns.
Fear of clowns some people find clowns disturbing rather than amusing.
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