Clown Definition

kloun
clowned, clowning, clowns
noun
clowns
A performer who entertains, as in a circus, by antics, jokes, tricks, etc.; jester.
Webster's New World
A peasant or farmer; rustic.
Webster's New World
A clumsy, boorish, or incompetent person.
Webster's New World
A person who constantly plays the fool, makes jokes, etc.; buffoon.
Webster's New World

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.

Wiktionary
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verb
clowned, clowning, clowns
To behave like a buffoon or jester.
American Heritage
To perform as a clown.
Webster's New World
To play practical jokes, act silly, etc.
Webster's New World
To krump, especially in clown makeup.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Clown

Noun

Singular:
clown
Plural:
clowns

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”).

    From Wiktionary

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