verb (used without object)
- cloverleaf aerial,
- clovis i,
- clovis point,
- clown anemone,
- clown car,
- clown white,
Origin of clown
Examples from the Web for clownish
And there are going to be some very savvy candidates, not just clownish flame-outs like Herman Cain.
And it's quite clear they thought Mitt Romney's choice of a running mate was a clownish decision.
The closest we came to heat was the alleged philandering of the clownish Herman Cain.A Crying Toddler Viral Video Reflects Cranky, Exhausting Election|Michelle Cottle|November 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“I mean, this is the greatest country in the world, and you have this clownish performance by Senator Johnson,” he says.
He has a history with anxiety that's at odds with his clownish public front.
He turned to the court with a clownish gesture of the hands, expressive of his utter inability to stop this thing.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Action and annoyance and clownish gambols had chanced to supply the needed impetus to bring her back to normality.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories|Albert Payson Terhune
In a clownish, lubberly sort of way, he seemed to be taking good, kind care of her.
His opponents called him clownish; his friends declared him Lincolnesque.The Agrarian Crusade|Solon J. Buck
I was seized with certain misgivings and flutterings which a clownish education may account for.Arthur Mervyn|Charles Brockden Brown
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.