Definition of clown in English:


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Pronunciation: /klaʊn


  • 2 archaic An unsophisticated country person; a rustic.
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    • The hob part of hobgoblin was a familiar form of Robin or Robert and became a standard name for a rustic person or a clown.


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  • He remains speechless for the next 49 years, endlessly, silently acting out comic/tragic clownish scenes as entertainment for children - the one thing he excels at.
  • Fat and clownish, he is addicted to odd habits like hitting dim students over their heads with exercise books or taking the bright ones for rides on his motorcycle.
  • Both are in clownish white-face make-up and lit only by white light in a black box theatre.


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  • Meanwhile, he idles away his days in the company of two friends, his clownishly large ears doing nothing to offset the gravity of a demeanor made more grave by the memory of Ryan's death.
  • Joe clownishly spun the bottle, and it pointed to her.
  • Like all adolescent males, they were looking for food and their feet seemed clownishly huge.


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  • Sometimes I roll my eyes at the antics of our corporate and governmental ‘leaders,’ sometimes I get mad at them, and sometimes the only thing to do is laugh at their clownishness.
  • The director fails desperately in bringing out one character's clownishness or another's restrained comedy.
  • ‘Let me kiss a beautiful lady,’ he said with passionate clownishness.


mid 16th century (in sense 2 of the noun): perhaps of Low German origin.

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