Definitions for Clownklaʊn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a comic performer, esp. in a circus, who wears an outlandish costume and makeup and pantomimes common situations in exaggerated fashion, often also juggling, tumbling, etc.
a joker or buffoon; jester.
a prankster or practical joker.
Slang. a boor, oaf, or fool.
Category: Status (usage)
a peasant; rustic.
(v.i.)to act like a clown.
Origin of clown:
1555–65; earlier cloyne, clowne, perh. akin to ON klunni boor, dial. Dan klunds, dial. Sw klunn log
a rude or vulgar fool
clown, buffoon, goof, goofball, merry andrew(verb)
a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
clown, clown around, antic(verb)
act as or like a clown
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a funny performer with a painted face
a silly or stupid person
the class clown
to behave in a silly way
students clowning around in class
A performance artist often associated with a circus and typically characterised by bright, oversized clothing, a red nose, face paint, and a brightly colored wig and who performs slapstick.
A person who acts in a silly fashion.
To act in a silly fashion.
a man of coarse nature and manners; an awkward fellow; an ill-bred person; a boor
one who works upon the soil; a rustic; a churl
the fool or buffoon in a play, circus, etc
to act as a clown; -- with it
Clowns are comic performers stereotypically characterized by the bizarre image of the circus clown's colored wigs, stylistic makeup, outlandish costumes, unusually large footwear, and red nose, which evolved to project their actions to large audiences. Other less bizarre styles have also developed, including theatre, television, and film clowns. Peter Berger writes that "It seems plausible that folly and fools, like religion and magic, meet some deeply rooted needs in human society". For this reason, clowning is often considered an important part of training as a physical performance discipline, partly because tricky subject matter can be dealt with, but also because it requires a high level of risk and play in the performer. The humour in clowning comes from the self-deprecating actions of the performer, rather than the audience laughing with the performer as is common with other forms of comedy. The term coulrophobia has been coined to describe those individuals who report a fear of clowns.
Translations for Clown
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person who works in a circus, performing funny acts (usually ridiculously dressed).
- palhaçoPortuguese (BR)
- der ClownGerman
- παλιάτσος, κλόουνGreek
- clown, pagliaccioItalian
- clown, pajasSwedish
- (馬戲團)小丑Chinese (Trad.)
- سرکس میں کرتب دکھانے والاUrdu
- anh hềVietnamese
- （马戏）小丑Chinese (Simp.)
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