Between all the clowning, the show cycled through dozens and dozens of singers.
He told Mohammed that he was just there clowning and that Mo had a real shot and could have his spot.
Pierrot was left alone with Pantaloon, who was asleep, for he was old and clowning fatigued him.
"All for your good," said Torpenhow, not in the least with reference to past clowning.
At every piece of clowning there was the same responsive gurgle of delight.
Like everything else in this busy world, clowning must be timely.
The bears themselves perform their parts most decorously, without any horseplay or clowning.
And his clowning and mugging made it impossible to play a legitimate scene with him, with any shadow of professional self-respect.
But clowning is done out in the open air, where the winds of heaven blow about you!
He took a great bite from the fruit, clowning the action with a forced expression of relish.
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+)