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clown

 
pronunciation:
klaUn
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a comic performer, as in a circus, who wears odd clothes and exaggerated makeup and entertains by jokes, tricks, juggling, and the like.
My little boy likes the clowns more than the acrobats at the circus.
 
similar words:
fool, harlequin, humorist, jester, mime, pantomime
definition 2: a person who acts in a comical, prankish manner.
We loved him in school because he was always such a clown, making us laugh all the time.
synonyms:
buffoon, comedian, cutup, farceur, jester, joker, wag, zany
similar words:
comic, harlequin, merry-andrew, prankster
definition 3: a crude, impolite, or oafish person.
Why did you insult her like that, you clown!
synonyms:
boor, churl, lout
similar words:
brute, joker, oaf, yahoo
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: clowns, clowning, clowned
definition: to perform as a clown or seek to amuse others through comical, prankish behavior (sometimes fol. by "around").
He's clowning with a European circus now.I never take him seriously because he's always clowning.Stop clowning around and get back to work.
synonyms:
jest, joke
similar words:
fool, kid, wisecrack
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derivations: clownish (adj.), clownishly (adv.), clownishness (n.)
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