- The definition of a clown is a jester, or a person who dresses in funny clothes and entertains at a party or in a circus with jokes and tricks, or a person who pretends to be foolish.
- An example of a clown is a person who dresses in brightly-colored, floppy clothes and oversized shoes to entertain children by doing silly tricks.
- An example of a clown is a person who never takes anything seriously.
- Clown means to perform tricks and jokes in a circus or at a party, or to act foolishly.
An example of clown is to throw pies at other people while wearing a funny costume and makeup.
A circus clown.
- Obsolete a peasant or farmer; rustic
- a clumsy, boorish, or incompetent person
- a performer who entertains, as in a circus, by antics, jokes, tricks, etc.; jester
- a person who constantly plays the fool, makes jokes, etc.; buffoon
Origin of clown; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Scandinavian as in Icelandic klunni, clumsy person
- to perform as a clown
- to play practical jokes, act silly, etc.
- a. A buffoon or jester who entertains by jokes, antics, and tricks in a circus, play, or other presentation.b. One who jokes and plays tricks.
- A coarse, rude, vulgar person; a boor.
- A peasant; a rustic.
intransitive verbclowned, clown·ing, clowns
- To behave like a buffoon or jester.
- To perform as a buffoon or jester.
- To krump, especially in clown makeup.
Origin of clownOf Scandinavian origin (akin to Icelandic klunni, clumsy person) or of Low German origin.
(third-person singular simple present clowns, present participle clowning, simple past and past participle clowned)
- To act in a silly fashion.
Likely from North Germanic, akin to Icelandic klunni (“klutz”) and Old Frisian klönne (“klutz”).