Definitions for: Clown


[n] a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
[n] a rude or vulgar fool
[v] act as or like a clown



Webster (1913) Definition: Clown (kloun), n. [Cf. Icel. klunni a clumsy, boorish
fellow, North Fries. kl["o]nne clown, dial. Sw. klunn log,
Dan. klunt log, block, and E. clump, n.]
1. A man of coarse nature and manners; an awkward fellow; an
ill-bred person; a boor. --Sir P. Sidney.

2. One who works upon the soil; a rustic; a churl.

The clown, the child of nature, without guile.
--Cowper.

3. The fool or buffoon in a play, circus, etc.

The clown shall make those laugh whose lungs are
tickle o'the sere. --Shak.


Clown, v. i.
To act as a clown; -- with it. [Obs.]

Beshrew me, he clowns it properly indeed. --B. Jonson.

Synonyms: antic, buffoon, clown around, merry andrew

See Also: comedian, comic, Emmett Kelly, fool, harlequin, jest, jester, joke, Kelly, muggins, Pantaloon, sap, saphead, tomfool, Weary Willie, whiteface, zany

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