verb (used without object)
- cloverleaf aerial,
- clovis i,
- clovis point,
- clown anemone,
- clown car,
- clown white,
Origin of clown
Examples from the Web for clowning
Between all the clowning, the show cycled through dozens and dozens of singers.'American Idol' Premiere Review: The Clown Show Is Back and We Love It|Kevin Fallon|January 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He told Mohammed that he was just there clowning and that Mo had a real shot and could have his spot.The Next Arab Idol: Palestine's Boy Wonder and Stereotype Buster|Maysoon Zayid|May 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But clowning is done out in the open air, where the winds of heaven blow about you!
With all these aids, some men work for years at clowning, and never become clowns.
The bears themselves perform their parts most decorously, without any horseplay or clowning.Practical Cinematography and Its Applications|Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
At every piece of clowning there was the same responsive gurgle of delight.Plays, Acting and Music|Arthur Symons
Like everything else in this busy world, clowning must be timely.
Word Origin for clown
1861, verbal noun from clown (v.).
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.