What does clown mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clown, buffoon(noun)

    a rude or vulgar fool

  2. clown, buffoon, goof, goofball, merry andrew(verb)

    a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior

  3. clown, clown around, antic(verb)

    act as or like a clown


  1. clown(Noun)

    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. clown(Noun)

    A person who acts in a silly fashion.

  3. clown(Verb)

    To act in a silly fashion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clown(noun)

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

  2. Clown(noun)

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

  3. Clown(noun)

    the fool or buffoon in a play, circus, etc

  4. Clown(verb)

    to act as a clown; -- with it

  5. Origin: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. clown

    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.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on October 17, 2016  

How to pronounce clown?

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How to say clown in sign language?

  1. clown


  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. Anuj Somany:

    Better be clown than be clone

  2. Lee Rogers:

    I think everybody except for Trump is a complete clown.

  3. Carl Sagan:

    They laughed at Einstein. They laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

  4. Detective Matt Lang:

    Social media and a lot of interest, not only in Joyland but the clown in particular, kind of kept it alive.

  5. Thomas Fuller:

    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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