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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.


  1. Clown

    A clown is a person who performs comedy and arts in a state of open-mindedness using physical comedy, typically while wearing distinct makeup or costuming and reversing folkway-norms.


  1. clown

    A clown is a performer, typically dressed in colorful and often exaggerated clothing, who uses physical comedy, clownish behavior, and slapstick humor to entertain an audience. Clowns often engage in silly and playful antics, often accompanied by jokes, tricks, and visual gags, to evoke laughter and amusement. They may also incorporate other elements such as juggling, balloon twisting, and face painting into their act.

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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CLOWN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clown is ranked #153769 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Clown surname appeared 106 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Clown.

    91.5% or 97 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    5.6% or 6 total occurrences were White.

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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. The Ukrainian:

    I just want to address what Wladimir said about the clown thing, call me a clown, call me circus act, call me fat, ugly, bald. Even call me Sue if you want but don't call me Wladimir Klitschko because that's an insult.

  2. Beau Biden:

    It's hard to get any word in with this clown.

  3. La Fontaine:

    Let us not overstrain our abilities, or we shall do nothing with grace. A clown, whatever he may do, will never pass for a gentleman.

  4. Charlie Chaplin:

    I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.

  5. Carl Sagan:

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

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