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
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
Origin: [Cf. Icel. klunni a clumsy, boorish fellow, North Fries. klnne clown, dial. Sw. klunn log, Dan. klunt log, block, and E. clump, n.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
klown, n. a rustic or country-fellow: one with the rough manners of a countryman: an ill-bred fellow: a fool or buffoon.—ns. Clown′ery, a clown's performance; Clown′ing, acting the clown.—adj. Clown′ish, of or like a clown: coarse and awkward: rustic.—adv. Clown′ishly.—ns. Clown′ishness; Clown′ship. [Prob. conn. with Clod, and Clot.]
A person employed or self-employed with the necessary and vital ability, experience, qualities, skills, tools and humour to entertain and perform fun and playful acts to an audience.
Clowns are employed in the circus, street performance, at a fairground and various other places to entertain.
The numerical value of Clown in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Clown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Better be clown than be clone
I think everybody except for Trump is a complete clown.
They laughed at Einstein. They laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
Social media and a lot of interest, not only in Joyland but the clown in particular, kind of kept it alive.
Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument.
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Translations for Clown
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- paljas, nar, harlekynAfrikaans
- шут, палячо, клоунBulgarian
- pallassoCatalan, Valencian
- Trottel, ClownGerman
- παλιάτσος, γελωτοποιός, καραγκιόζης, τζουτζές, κλόουνGreek
- payaso, payasaSpanish
- klovni, pelleFinnish
- klovnur, íspegilFaroese
- clown, bouffonFrench
- ליצנית, ליצןHebrew
- pagliaccio, buffoneItalian
- 道化, ピエロ, 道化師Japanese
- 어릿광대, 광대, 피에로Korean
- палјачо, кловнMacedonian
- pajac, klaun, klownPolish
- clovn, imbecil, cretin, paiață, claun, bufon, neghiobRomanian
- клоун, паяц, шутRussian
- кловн, klaun, клаун, klovnSerbo-Croatian
- klovn, klovnesaSlovene
- clown, pajasSwedish
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