clownery

[ klou-nuh-ree ]
/ ˈklaʊ nə ri /

noun, plural clown·er·ies for 2.

clownish behavior.
an instance of this.

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How well do you know your adjectives from your adverbs? Your preposition from your pronouns? Your interjections from your conjunctions? Let’s put your knowledge of parts of speech to the text! Note: Many of the following questions will ask you to identify the parts of speech “in order.” That means the first word in all capital letters will correspond to the first option in an answer, and so on.
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In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.

Origin of clownery

First recorded in 1580–90; clown + -ery
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Example sentences from the Web for clownery

  • The clownery and pantaloonery of these pantomimes have clean passed out of my head.

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