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clown

[ kloun ]
/ klaʊn /
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noun

a comic performer, as in a circus, theatrical production, or the like, who wears an outlandish costume and makeup and entertains by pantomiming common situations or actions in exaggerated or ridiculous fashion, by juggling or tumbling, etc.
a person who acts like a clown; comedian; joker; buffoon; jester.
a prankster; a practical joker.
Slang. a coarse, ill-bred person; a boor.
a peasant; rustic.

verb (used without object)

to act like a clown.

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Origin of clown

1555–65; earlier cloyne, clowne, perhaps akin to Old Norse klunni boor, Danish dialect klunds,Swedish dialect klunn log
clownish, adjectiveclown·ish·ly, adverbclown·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clown

clown
/ (klaʊn) /

noun

verb (intr)

clownery, nounclownish, adjectiveclownishly, adverbclownishness, noun
C16: perhaps of Low German origin; compare Frisian klönne, Icelandic klunni clumsy fellow
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