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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clown, buffoonnoun

    a rude or vulgar fool

  2. clown, buffoon, goof, goofball, merry andrewverb

    a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior

  3. clown, clown around, anticverb

    act as or like a clown


  1. clownnoun

    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.

  2. clownnoun

    A person who acts in a silly fashion.

  3. clownverb

    To act in a silly fashion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CLOWNnoun

    Etymology: imagined by Stephen Skinner and Franciscus Junius to be contracted from colonus. It seems rather a Saxon word, corrupted from lown; loen, Dut. a word nearly of the same import.

    He came out with all his clowns, horst upon cart-jades. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    The clowns, a boist’rous, rude, ungovern’d crew,
    With furious haste to the loud summons flew. John Dryden, Æn.

    In youth a coxcomb, and in age a clown. Spectator.

    A country squire, represented with no other vice but that of being a clown, and having the provincial accent. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clownnoun

    a man of coarse nature and manners; an awkward fellow; an ill-bred person; a boor

  2. Clownnoun

    one who works upon the soil; a rustic; a churl

  3. Clownnoun

    the fool or buffoon in a play, circus, etc

  4. Clownverb

    to act as a clown; -- with it

  5. Etymology: [Cf. Icel. klunni a clumsy, boorish fellow, North Fries. klnne clown, dial. Sw. klunn log, Dan. klunt log, block, and E. clump, n.]


  1. Clown

    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

  1. Clown

    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.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clown in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of clown in a Sentence

  1. Chip Roy:

    Take them outside to whom ? you're the judge and jury sitting in here deciding who can see this clown show. When can my colleagues who aren't on House Intelligence Committee see the materials in question ?

  2. Beau Biden:

    You're the worst president America has ever had. Come on, it's hard to get any word in with this clown.

  3. Neil Gorsuchs:

    Order extra laps? Detention? A trip to the principal's office? Maybe. But then again, maybe that's too old school Maybe today you call a police officer. arresting a now-compliant class clown for burping was going a step too far.

  4. Vargas Llosa:

    It is a country that is too important for the rest of the world to have in the White House a clown, a demagogue and a racist like Mr Trump.

  5. Jimmy Morales:

    No other candidate has been called everything from a clown to a populist, but the smartphone is the least populist (idea) that there is.

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