After the Armistice, Brazier hosted one of her popular pig roasts at Col de la Luère, hiring a clown and a marching band.
A correspondent wrote that Johnson’s attack had managed to transform the Kingfish ‘from a clown into a real political menace.
The Republican primary race is not chaos, or a clown show, or a travesty of the political process.
This clown is proclaiming that we are colluding with the enemy to prolong our stay in Afghanistan.
According to a quick Google search, a Shriner clown appears to be a clown who is also a member of the Shriners.
Then the effort of the clown to make love to Canio's wife; the slash of the whip from her, the muttered curses from him.
I will give you the clown for a friend and companion—and much good may he do you!'
On the front seat is a peasant, laughing at the antics of the clown.
It was no use trying to argue with the clown, and he had seen how he used a red-hot poker.
The clown who, with a comical show of respect, offered her what she needed for her next feat, told her this.
1560s, clowne, also cloyne, "rustic, boor, peasant," origin uncertain. Perhaps from Scandinavian dialect (cf. Icelandic klunni "clumsy, boorish fellow;" Swedish kluns "a hard knob; a clumsy fellow," Danish klunt "log, block"), or akin to North Frisian klönne "clumsy person." Or, less likely, from Latin colonus "colonist, farmer," though awareness of this word might have influenced the sense development in English.
Meaning "professional fool, professional or habitual jester" is c.1600. "The pantomime clown represents a blend of the Shakes[pearean] rustic with one of the stock types of the It. comedy" [Weekley]. Meaning "contemptible person" is from 1920s. Fem. form clowness attested from 1801.
c.1600, "to play the clown onstage," from clown (n.); colloquial sense of "to behave inappropriately" (e.g. clown around, 1932) attested by 1928, perhaps from theatrical slang sense of "play a (non-comical) part farcically or comically" (1891). Related: Clowned; clowning.
A person for whom the speaker feels mild contempt, esp one whose behavior merits derision: Get this clown off my back and let me help you (1920s+)
(also clown around) To behave frivolously; persist in inappropriate levity (1940s+)