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clown

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.
 
similar words:
fool, harlequin, humorist, jester, mime, pantomime
definition 2: a person who acts in a comical, prankish manner.
synonyms:
buffoon, comedian, cutup, farceur, jester, joker, wag, zany
similar words:
comic, harlequin, merry-andrew, prankster
definition 3: a crude, impolite, or oafish person.
synonyms:
boor, churl, lout
similar words:
brute, joker, oaf, yahoo
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: clowned, clowning, clowns
definition: to perform as a clown or seek attention by comical, prankish behavior (sometimes fol. by around).
synonyms:
jest, joke
similar words:
fool, kid, wisecrack
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derivations: clownish (adj.), clownishly (adv.), clownishness (n.)
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