verb (used without object)
- cloverleaf aerial,
- clovis i,
- clovis point,
- clown anemone,
- clown car,
- clown white,
Origin of clown
Examples from the Web for clown
So many families come that Vargas has arranged for a clown to entertain the kids.America’s Fastest Growing Death Holiday Is From Mexico|Michael Schulson|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An 18-year-old man dressed as a clown mugged a pedestrian, striking him 30 times in the back and neck with an iron bar.
There have more recent reports of Wasco Clown inspired sightings from as far away as Fishers, Indiana.
The subtext of the clown is that life is a joke and can be snatched away at any moment.
There is something about a clown that stays with people: the bright colors, their tendency to be demonstrative.
The clown, by boisterous and often indecorous jest, raises peals of merriment.A Civil Servant in Burma|Herbert Thirkel White
But Southwark ought to have sufficed to satisfy the ambition of a clown.The Man Who Laughs|Victor Hugo
Many exciting adventures were happening there behind the screen to the little yellow-gowned girl and the clown in satin.Little Jeanne of France|Madeline Brandeis
This news was so unexpected, so startling that for a moment the clown was dumb; and now his surprise was genuine.File No. 113|Emile Gaboriau
But the two little girls were crying bitterly in one another's arms, and Barbara turned on the clown with tremendous indignation.The Talking Horse|F. Anstey
Word Origin for clown
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.