noun[mass noun] • rare
- Extreme or irrational fear of clowns: it has emerged that the multi-millionaire entrepreneur suffers from coulrophobiaMore example sentences
- Despite its name, there's nothing ‘cool’ about coulrophobia, or ‘fear of clowns’ for the psychiatric layperson.
- And if he has coulrophobia are they going to have him interrogated by a bunch of guys in clown suits?
- I'm writing an article on coulrophobia and scary clowns for my Feature Writing class at university.
1980s: from Greek kolobatheron 'stilt' + -phobia.