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.
An example of clown is to throw pies at other people while wearing a funny costume and makeup.
Origin of clown
- Of Scandinavian origin (akin to Icelandic klunni clumsy person) or of Low German origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Likely from North Germanic, akin to Icelandic klunni (“klutz”) and Old Frisian klönne (“klutz”).