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clownery

[ klou-nuh-ree ]
/ ˈklaʊ nə ri /
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noun, plural clown·er·ies for 2.

clownish behavior.
an instance of this.

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Origin of clownery

First recorded in 1580–90; clown + -ery
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  • The clownery and pantaloonery of these pantomimes have clean passed out of my head.

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  • As to his father's ignorance and clownery, 'twas as good metall in the oare which wants excoriating and refineing.

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